Met Office forecasts heavy downpours for Bristol

-Credit: (Image: Tom Wren/SWNS)
-Credit: (Image: Tom Wren/SWNS)

Heavy rain is forecast this evening in Bristol, closing out the first day of the Bank Holiday weekend festivities in the city and lasting right through until Sunday morning (May 26). The Met Office has forecast heavy rain from 9pm on Saturday evening, which could come as quite a shock for those enjoying the headline acts at Love Saves The Day.

The Met Office reports: "For many, Saturday will be the best day of the Bank Holiday weekend. It will be a largely dry day for much of the UK, with some good periods of sunshine for many and temperatures likely reaching into the low 20s Celsius in a few places in the southeast. Those in the easternmost areas and the far South West will experience rain spreading in from the east and west respectively."

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Dan Harris said: “Sunday will have a mixture of sunny spells but also scattered, heavy and in places thundery downpours. Not everywhere will see them but where they do occur there is a small chance of some temporary issues such as flooded roads.

“The outlook for Bank Holiday Monday is for brighter, cooler and breezier conditions with scattered showers for England and Wales at first, but a steady drying trend from the west is likely."

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Back in 2022, Love Saves The Day festival-goers were left sheltering under fabric draped over fencing as downpours hit the festival. Organisers had to issue an apology for the lack of shelter preventing those in attendance from getting soaked.

Rain also flooded stages in the evening, causing singer Arlo Parks to cancel her performance. The 2024's layout includes the newer Big Top stage, which is undercover, as well as some smaller stages in tent-like structures, meaning there should be some cover for those who need it.

Met Office's South West England weather forecast for Saturday, May 25-Wednesday, May 29

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloud thickening through this evening with rain, already in western areas, continuing eastwards, heavy and persistent at times. Clearer spells following by dawn with a few showers in Devon and Cornwall. Becoming breezier and much milder than last night. Minimum temperature 10 °C.


Starting dry for many but showers in the west soon developing more widely. These turning heavy and frequent in places with hail and thunder possible, especially in eastern counties. Breezy. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

A chance of showers on Monday but these more isolated than on Sunday with some warm sunny spells too. Breezier on Tuesday and Wednesday with rain or showers.