London weather bank holiday weekend: what the Met Office weather forecast says for the August bank holiday

The weather will be far cry from the recent heatwaves, where Heathrow Airport recoreded a record 40.2C in the UK

Thousands of Brits around the country are set to have an extra day off next week thanks to the August bank holiday.

London is set for slightly cooler weather than it has experienced recently, after a barrage of heatwaves left residents in the city sweltering.

Parliament Square - usually grass covered - has been dust for most of the summer due to the hot weather and drought. Credit: Leon Neal/Getty Images

This is the last bank holiday until Boxing Day, which will be just under four months away and is the first bank holiday for almost three months, since 3 June.

With many in London hoping to have nice weather for the day, here is the weather over the bank holiday weekend.

When is the summer bank holiday?

The summer bank holiday in 2022 is on Monday, 29 August.

What is the weather like in London?

Friday 26 August: Cloudy but changing to sunnier weather in the afternoon. High 24C, low 15C.

Saturday 27 August: A role reversal of the previous day as the day begins sunny but descends into cloudier weather in the afternoon. High 23C, low 14C.

Sunday 28 August: Sunny changing to cloudy around lunchtime. High 23C, low 14C.

Monday, 29 August: On the actual bank holiday, the weather doesn’t get any better. Sunny intervals at times but no real lasting period of just sun. High 23C, low 14C.

What does the Met Office say?

The Met Office offers a long-range weather forecast for the UK.

For their long-range weather forecast from Monday, 29 August to Wednesday, 7 September they say: “A cloudy and showery start to this period for the northwest. Meanwhile, dry, and bright elsewhere, with a risk of light and short-lived showers.

“High pressure becomes more prominent through the week, bringing fine and dry weather for most areas, but the possibility of rain in the northwest at times, and risk of showers in the south and east.

“The end of this period may be characterised by a shift to more unsettled weather, most likely in north and west, while the south and east see the most of any dry weather.

“Temperatures around average but possibly warm in the south, becoming warmer and locally hot in places throughout this period. Winds are generally light, but moderate and variable at times.”

When is the next bank holiday?

After a flurry of bank holidays for the first half of the year, there’s barely any bank holidays past early June.

Brits will have to wait almost four months for the next one, which will occur on Monday, 26 December.

There will also be a bank holiday on Tuesday, 27 August as Christmas Day falls on Sunday, 25 December.