Bank Holiday weekend brings typical springtime mix of weather

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Another Bank Holiday weekend is upon us and there's plenty happening across Belfast for those planning to get out and about.

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So as we gear up for the long weekend and consider whether or not we should get the BBQ out, here's what we can expect on the weather front across Northern Ireland.

The heavy rain seen by some in recent days is now gradually subsiding, though some showers will continue for some through Friday, including Northern Ireland.

According to the Met Office, Saturday will get off to a cloudy start, but it should be mainly dry with bright spells in the afternoon and an increasing south-easterly breeze. Breezy on Sunday with spells of rain expected, which will likely be heavy at times with the risk of thunder.

Monday will see some clouds and the odd shower before more spells of rain, heavy at times, move in overnight. Turning drier during the day on Tuesday with a mix of sun and cloud but there is still the chance of the odd shower.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Mark Sidaway explained: “The Bank Holiday weekend will see some sunny spells and it will feel quite pleasant in the sunshine for many on Saturday in particular.”

“Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday will likely see a return to sunshine and showers. Low pressure to the west is likely to push fronts into the UK on Sunday, these tending to break up and turn more showery in nature as they do so.

“We are likely to see some heavy, possibly thundery showers on both days, but there should still be some dry spells in between, and in any sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm.”

Tonight:

Largely cloudy through the evening with the odd spot of drizzle possible. Becoming dry with clearer spells developing through the early hours. Minimum temperature 8 °C.

Saturday:

Partly cloudy at first but dry and warmer on Saturday, with bright sunny spells at times. Clouding over with showery rain in the evening. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Bright with scattered afternoon showers on Sunday. Cloudy start on Monday, dry and bright for a time before patchy rain later. Windier on Tuesday with bands of rain followed by some showers.

UK long range weather forecast: Tuesday 28th May - Thursday 6th June

For the rest of the week the south, especially the southeast looks as though it's more favoured to see more in the way of dry weather, although even some rain or showers are likely from time to time.

Areas of low pressure are more likely to track to the northwest of the UK so here it will likely continue unsettled with showers and some longer spells of rain which could be heavy at times.

The northwest may also see some periods of strong winds. Temperatures are likely to reflect this, remaining close to or perhaps a little on the cool side across the northwest, whereas the south is likely to be a little warmer than average.

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