Sunshine surprise! Warm weather over the Bank Holiday after the coldest spring for 30 years

  • Temperatures could hit 20C as forecasters say much of UK to have fine sunshine which will last until Monday
  • Reports of 12-mile tailbacks as incident hits Bank Holiday getaway
  • Soggy start with high winds and heavy rain showers

By Daily Mail Reporter

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After shivering in the coldest spring for 30 years, there was good news today at last with plenty of sunshine across the UK this Bank Holiday.

Although the weekend got off to a soggy start yesterday with rain and gales, forecasters say we are in for a warm respite which will last until Monday with temperatures climbing as high as 20C (68F).

Weather experts had predicted a Bank Holiday washout, but today the MeteoGroup said that after a chilly start with a touch of frost in Scotland and northern England, many parts of the UK will have a dry day with many sunny spells.

Happy Bank Holiday: Tourists make the most of the warm weather punting on the River Cam in Cambridge this afternoon

Happy Bank Holiday: Tourists make the most of the warm weather punting on the River Cam in Cambridge this afternoon

Rolling on a river: Sun seekers spent the day enjoying the sunshine on a boat-ride along the River Cam
Rolling on a river: Sun seekers spent the day enjoying the sunshine on a boat-ride along the River Cam

Write caption hereRolling on a river: Sun seekers spent the day enjoying the sunshine on a boat-ride along the River Cam

Sunny side up: A group of friends were pictured enjoying the sunshine on a boat ride along the River Cam

Sunny side up: A group of friends were pictured enjoying the sunshine on a boat ride along the River Cam

The outlook for Sunday and Monday will be another mainly dry and fine day across England and Wales with warm spring sunshine and few if any clouds.

 

Senior forecaster Paul Mott said: 'Thankfully we have a ridge of high pressure coming in from the south west, which for most people will give us some drier and warmer weather than we have had in recent days.'

Most parts of the UK apart from the Western Isles and western Northern Ireland will be dry today, he said.

Picturesque: The River Cam was packed with boats as locals took the opportunity to soak up the sunshine on the water

Picturesque: The River Cam was packed with boats as locals took the opportunity to soak up the sunshine on the water

Blooming marvellous: Swathes of wisteria plants bloomed in the sunshine at Magdalene College at Cambridge University today

Blooming marvellous: Swathes of wisteria plants bloomed in the sunshine at Magdalene College at Cambridge University today

Pretty in purple: The beautiful lilac flowers made for a spectacular backdrop at Magdalene College in Cambridge University

Pretty in purple: The beautiful lilac flowers made for a spectacular backdrop at Magdalene College in Cambridge University

There may be the odd shower in eastern parts of England and Northern Ireland and northwest Scotland are likely to see cloud and spots of rain.

Today much of the country will experience sunny intervals, with temperatures reaching 14C (57F) and highs of 18C (64F) in London.

‘Today will see a much better day with sunny spells,’ said Sarah Holland, of the Met Office.

Fun in the sun: Bonnie (3), Dalton (2) and mum Nichola enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend weather on the beach at Sidmouth, Devon

Fun in the sun: Bonnie (3), Dalton (2) and mum Nichola enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend weather on the beach at Sidmouth, Devon

Sea side: Thousands flock to Llandudno Pier where the tourists are enjoying higher temperatures than normal

Sea side: Thousands flock to Llandudno Pier where the tourists are enjoying higher temperatures than normal

Glorious: Day trippers made their way to Blackpool beach and enjoyed the weather by the sea

Glorious: Day trippers made their way to Blackpool beach and enjoyed the weather by the sea

Splashing time: Twin sisters Tammy-Lee and Melissa Fisher aged 12 enjoy the Peterborough Lido swimming pool today

Splashing time: Twin sisters Tammy-Lee and Melissa Fisher aged 12 enjoy the Peterborough Lido swimming pool today

Sun fun: After a predicted Bank Holiday washout, the warm weather greeted twins Tammy-Lee and Melissa in the pool

Sun fun: After a predicted Bank Holiday washout, the warm weather greeted twins Tammy-Lee and Melissa in the pool

Easy riders: A couple take a bike ride today beside the River Nene in Cambridgeshire

Easy riders: A couple take a bike ride today beside the River Nene in Cambridgeshire

Weather forecast for next three days

‘In the morning there is a chance of the odd shower in the South East, but most places will be dry and sunny with temperatures around 17C (63F) in London.

Tonight many areas will become clear and chilly overnight with mostly light winds bringing the chance of a touch of frost before warming up.

Monday's forecast for Scotland and Northern Ireland will see strengthening winds and heavy rain, initially affecting Scotland and Northern Ireland but edging into Wales and parts of England later. 

But it should stay  mostly fine in the far south-east of England. East Anglia and Kent will get the best of the weather, where temperatures could reach 20C but  cloud and rain will move across the country from the west later in the day.

Meanwhile, thousands of holidaymakers are escaping the dismal British weather by flying to popular destinations in Spain, the Canary Islands,Turkey and North Africa.

But some airline passengers are being affected by a backlog at London's Heathrow airport following the emergency landing yesterday by a British Airways jet which turned back shortly into a flight to Oslo.

Flourishing despite the cold: Apple tree blossom creates a pretty picture at orchards in Dorset today, but cider makers still need some warmer weather to ensure the trees bear fruit

Flourishing despite the cold: Apple tree blossom creates a pretty picture at orchards in Dorset today, but cider makers still need some warmer weather to ensure the trees bear fruit

Bumper crop: It may have been a poor start to the spring, but Somerset cider makers are celebrating a blooming start to the apple growing season

Bumper crop: It may have been a poor start to the spring, but Somerset cider makers are celebrating a blooming start to the apple growing season

Temperatures sank as low as 7C (45F) yesterday as severe weather warnings were issued in parts of the country.

High winds swept from the South West up to Yorkshire, making it feel even colder.

The Met Office now believes this spring will be the coldest since 1979, with the mean UK temperature estimated at 6.1C (43F), well below the long-term average for this time of year of 7.7C (46F).

Hardy Britons refused to be deterred by the grim conditions, with millions taking to the roads yesterday to make the most of the getaway. But one incident caused a 12-mile tailbacks.

Two fatal crashes have also closed major roads in the West Country this morning, including a woman killed after driving the wrong way up a motorway.

The mixed weather appears to have left supermarkets in a quandary. Asda forecast sales of sausages to increase by 144 per cent and barbecue food by 84 per cent, come rain or shine.

However, bosses at the chain have also called in an extra 100,000 pairs of wellies ahead in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Bad for business: Punt operator Niall Folbigg had little to do today but sit and hope for the rain to clear from the River Cam in Cambridge today

Changeable weather: Punt operator Niall Folbigg had little to do this morning but sit and hope for the rain to clear from the River Cam in Cambridge

Washout: Punt operators on the River Cam hoping for a sunny start to the long weekend were left disappointed today

Washout: Punt operators on the River Cam hoping for a sunny start to the long weekend were left disappointed this morning - but things soon brightened up

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The last few years, we had some decent weather in spring followed by a washout summer. I'm hoping the poor spring this year will mean that we're going to see the opposite.

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It soon will be the longest day 21st June, then the nights start gradually drawing in once more. We might, if we are lucky, get a 2 week summer!

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Re- Eric Arthur Blair.Sea levels are notoriously difficult to measure but the consensus from several sources including satelite measurement say that in the last 20 years sea levels have risen just over 2 inches. The main cause of this is the expansion of the worlds seawater as it warms. Melting land ice has also contributed but perhaps the most worrying cause is the contribution from aquifers used to grow crops. Once these aquifers run dry one billion people will have to find some other source of food.- Working class hero, USSSR, 25/5/2013- It's a real doozy that one. An eminent scientist spent twenty years working for the IPCC at the expense of tax payers everywhere studying sea levels only to tell us that there was no discernible rise in sea levels. He was immediately discredited. Zeds knows this but will call me a liar. Anyone who dose not fit in with their religion or the bogie man of climate change is either a liar or crank. One day someone will put their toys back in the pram.

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Would not call 18f as warm myself for the time of the year, but certainly warm compared to the 7f we had a couple of days back, and I dare say there will be stories of global warming and droughts doing the rounds as soon as the sun appears!

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I am sure we all wish our dear leader and presumably his family ,wonderful holiday in Ibiza whilst the rest of the country comes to term with the hacking to death of a serving soldier on the pavements of our Capital City. Nice to know where his priorities lie, as if we need to be reminded!!!

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Lovely, all the sun, the blue and green and the colours of flowers and the smell of my freshly-mown grass. What do I need Abroad for?

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Oh , I feel for you all. Here in Atlantic City it was in the early 60's and it was snowing in Southern Germany last week. What is happening in our world?

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Llandudno is great in any weather but sun is good!

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Diggity, Cheshire: If it's a nice day and I want to mow my grass, I will. And if I want to light my barbie, I will, why shouldn't I? (I would, if you were my neighbour, come and tell you beforehand so you could get you washing in off the line :-) ). I do have a teenage son who is very well behaved though, he'd open his windows, wouldn't put his stereo on, but probably would be the one knocking on your door telling you Mum's putting some sausages on the barbie so get your Y Fronts in off the line asap!!!!!!

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That wisteria was amazing.. and the fruit trees. Nothing like English flowers for beauty.

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