UK to face thunderstorms over bank holiday weekend

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning to last until Sunday evening
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning to last until Sunday evening - Graeme Robertson/The Image Bank RF

Britain faces a bank holiday washout, with thunderstorms expected across north and central England on Sunday.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning to last until Sunday evening, which indicates a chance of flooding and transport disruption across the North and Midlands.

Temperatures will be relatively balmy and average for this time of year, reaching a high of 20C on Sunday before cooling to around 18C on Monday.

The south and southeast of England will escape the worst of Sunday’s downpour, but showers are still expected across the country.

May spring bank holiday weekend UK weather thunderstorms
Sadly these summery scenes are not to be expected this May bank holiday weekend - Graham Hunt/BNPS

Dan Harris, the Met Office’s deputy chief meteorologist, 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.

“Scotland will be cloudier with rain, while Northern Ireland will also be cloudy but with a chance that heavy showers could break out later too, bringing similar conditions to England and Wales.”

Monday will feel cooler and breezier, with scattered showers expected across north-west England and south-west Scotland – and even grey clouds and thundery downpours are predicted across eastern parts of the UK.

The forecaster said that drier conditions could be possible in Wales, Northern Ireland and south-west England. The Met Office said it would keep the weather warning situation under review and advised Britons to keep up to date with the latest forecasts if they have plans this weekend.

Looking further ahead, the wet start to the summer is set to continue with rain and dark clouds expected until Friday.