London Weather: Met Office predicts May bank holiday washout with over 12 hours of showers

Londoners could see a bank holiday washout as over 12 hours of on-and-off showers have been predicted for the capital.

The Met Office has warned there could be heavy downpours throughout Monday, with rainfall beginning midmorning and continuing on-and-off until midnight.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell told the Standard: “It’s going to be a bit of wet picture for London tomorrow especially south London and then into Kent and Sussex.

“If you are an early bird you might get some brightness first thing tomorrow morning but don’t be deceived the rain will be on its way.

“It will probably have set in by lunchtime and unfortunately it will then remain on-and-off right throughout the afternoon.

“On the whole, it’s not the best of bank holiday Monday. It will be fairly wet and some of that rain will be quite heavy.”

While the Met Office has not listed any specific weather warnings, the heavy rainfall could generate a transport nightmare for those returning to the capital after a weekend away.

People walk in the rain over London Bridge in central London (PA Wire)
People walk in the rain over London Bridge in central London (PA Wire)

London is likely to have highs of around 17C and the peak of the rain is forecast for 2pm.

A mix of rain and sunny spells is expected across the country on Bank Holiday Monday, with temperatures expected to reach highs of 21C.

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will see the warmest spells in the country with highs of 20C and 21C.

The North will have a cloudy start to the day with some brighter spells and heavy showers developing.

The South will start with sunny spells before heavy showers and thunderstorms move in through the afternoon.

Greg Dewhurst, another meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "Overall, it will be a mix of sunny spells and showers across the country.

"Anywhere could catch some rain so people should be prepared for that.

"For people looking to get away, there will be some sunshine and warm spells. And if you manage to avoid showers, then it will be nice in the sun."