London May 1 bank holiday weather: Warmer times ahead for long weekend

The weather is very promising as Londoners look foward to the first of three bank holidays in May.

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Temperatures are set to rise in time for the May Day bank holiday weekend.

After reaching the mid-teens so far this week, the Met Office is predicting highs of 18 °C from Friday to Sunday (April 28-30). On Monday, temperatures are forecast to reach 19 °C - and could possibly even reach 20 °C in places.

Friday weather (April 28)

Friday is expected to be cloudy and occasionally drizzly. The afternoon should be brighter, with the cloud lifting. A maximum temperature of 18 °C is forecast.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday (April 29 to May 1)

Over the weekend itself, sunny spells and patchy cloud are expected, with a risk of the odd shower developing by day - more likely perhaps on Monday. But the weekend should be generally mild with light winds.

The Met Office

Met Office chief meteorologist Steve Willington said: “The cold conditions from earlier in the week will linger longest in the far north of Scotland but the rest of the UK will see the transition to warmer, but more unsettled conditions. However, frost is still a possibility in central areas of the UK where cloud gives way to clearer spells.

“Following on from Wednesday’s largely cloudy conditions, two areas of rain will move in overnight. Western Scotland and the South West will see the first rainfall, which could be heavy at times. In Scotland there is a chance of transient mountain snow as the rain band spreading from the west bumps into the colder air to the north and east.”