UK weather forecast LIVE – Temperatures to soar to 20C ushering in 'warm and sunny' summer as thundery rain vanishes

WARMER days are on the horizon with a long-range forecast from Accuweather predicting a 20C heatwave in June.

Sunnier conditions will make its first appearance on Bank Holiday Monday where temperatures are likely to hit 20C.

It comes after May 2021 was reportedly 2.1C colder than the average of 8.3C at this time of the year.

A Met Office meteorologist told the i that it could be the coldest May since 1996.

“It’s been a disappointing May and at the moment there are no particularly strong signs that trend will change in the next week," Simon Patridge said.

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Hana Carter

    MINI-HEATWAVE TO HIT

    A mini heatwave of 24C temperatures is coming – to the relief of many rain-soaked Brits.

    Forecasters say we can look forward to a balmy bank holiday break with temperatures climbing to 20C (68F).

    And highs of 21C to hit Kent and the south by June 1 with temperatures expected to reach 24C in the couple of days after that.

    And they predict the good weather will stick around for more than two weeks.

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    HEAVY SHOWERS FOR ENGLAND AND WALES

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    TONIGHT'S FORECAST

    Heavier showers in the south easing, though a few continuing, chiefly around coasts.

    Northeastern parts of the UK mostly cloudy with some showery rain in places. Chilly in clearer areas.

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: SHARD OF LIGHT

    London's The Shard resembles a Pink Floyd album cover today as a beautiful rainbow brightens the grey skyCredit: Alamy
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    MET OFFICE EXPERT: JUNE WILL BE MUCH DRIER THAN MAY

    Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said more settled springtime weather is predicted for the following week.

    She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.

    “The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,” she added.

  • Hana Carter

     TEMPERATURES SET TO PASS 20C ON MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    Next weekend, things will change for the better.

    Temperatures of up to 20C are expected on May 31.

    And highs of could hit 21C in Kent and the south by June 1.

    London is set to be hit with 22C and 23C temperatures, according to charts from Netweather.

    The return of indoor boozing has come at the perfect time as May continues to be wet and windy.

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    MET OFFICE'S FORECAST: MONDAY

    Persistent rain for parts of north and east Scotland, where distinctly chilly.

    Elsewhere sunny spells and showers, heaviest over parts of Wales and England, where hail and thunder is possible.

    Rather cool, although probably feeling reasonable in sunnier breaks.

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    ODDS SLASHED ON THIS MONTH BEING WETTEST MAY ON RECORD – LADBROKES

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

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    NATURE TO BE REINTRODUCED TO THE WEST COUNTRY

    One of the West Country's worst holiday road bottlenecks is to get a £330 million upgrade…with slow worms, otters, bats and badgers in mind.

    The notorious A30 between Chiverton to Carland Cross – dreaded by millions of tourists for its snail's pace traffic jams – is to be made into a dual carriageway by 2023.

    But, in a ground-breaking scheme to reduce roadkill, it will also be wildlife-friendly.

    Highways England say the 8.7-mile section of dual carriageway is being created with the aim of helping to promote economic growth, improve journey times and increase safety.

    But bosses say the scheme is not just about improving safety, journey reliability and connectivity for local communities – it also goes for otters and other wildlife too.

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    SUNDAY'S EXTREMES

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    PICTURED: A ROWER MAKES HER WAY THROUGH THE FOG

    The early bird catches the worm: a rower takes in the beautiful landscape in Henley-On-Thames this morningCredit: LNP
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    TWO MILLION TREES TO BE PLANTED

    New woodlands will cover the area the size of Worcester and will soak up the carbon equivalent of removing 15,000 cars from the road every year.

    The huge sum of money from HSBC is the largest environmental donation of its kind made to the National Trust and the four-year project represents a major step forward in the fight against climate change.

    It will provide homes for nature and, by planting the right trees in the right places, will offer those living in urban areas access to new, nature-rich woodland.

    The £4 million donation will enable the creation of woodland and carbon rich habitat in Wales and Northern Ireland, with sites currently being identified, as well as areas in England that include Killerton in Devon, Wallington in Northumberland, Dunham Massey in Cheshire, on the Buscot and Coleshill Estate in Oxfordshire, and at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire.

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    WATERLOGGED WINDSOR

    This evening's meeting at Windsor has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

    A precautionary inspection was called for 7am on Monday following heavy rain in recent days.

    The final race of last Monday's card was also abandoned following sustained rainfall throughout the evening and a fall in an earlier race.

    Windsor racecourse's Twitter feed posted: "RACING TODAY ABANDONED. Unfortunately we've had a further 9mm of rain overnight and further rain is forecast today."

    It was a similar story at Newton Abbot in Devon, too, ahead of Wednesday's fixture.

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    THUNDERY SHOWERS TO MOVE THROUGH THE UK

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    SOGGY BRITAIN TO BE BATTERED BY MORE WIND AND RAIN THIS WEEK

    WIND and rain-battered Britain is set for more soakings – leaving us longing for the heatwave we enjoyed a year ago.

    It’s been cold and wet across the country for weeks and will stay that way for the next few days but a mini-heatwave with 24C temperatures is coming.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS SLASHED ON THIS MONTH BEING WETTEST MAY ON RECORD – LADBROKES

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    DOWNPOURS SET TO CONTINUE FOR NEXT THREE DAYS

    Britain was lashed on Sunday by downpours and that looks set to continue for at least the next three days.

    Heavy showers along with hail and thunder are expected to greet the start of the working week for most parts in England and Wales.

    Scotland is predicted to be cold and wet come Monday morning.

    It will remain cold throughout the UK in the coming days with temperatures struggling to hit 14C at best.

    Temperatures could dip as low as 6C in the Midlands and northern England. This month could be one of the wettest Mays on record, surpassing 1967, when 131.7mm of rain fell across the UK.

  • Joseph Gamp

    BALMY BANK HOLIDAY BREAK AHEAD

    Forecasters say we can look forward to a balmy bank holiday break with temperatures climbing to 20C (68F).

    And highs of 21C to hit Kent and the south by June 1 with temperatures expected to reach 24C in the couple of days after that.

    And they predict the good weather will stick around for more than two weeks.

    The Met Office’s Sarah Kent said: “It will be an unsettled start to this week with heavy, thundery showers. But the weekend is going to be much better.

    “From Thursday, high pressure will bring dry weather and warmer temperatures. The weekend looks fine and settled with higher temperatures.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SPRINGTIME WEATHER FORECAST FOR JUNE SAYS MET OFFICE

    Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said more settled springtime weather is predicted for the following week.

    She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.

    “The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,” she added.

  • Joseph Gamp

    LOOKING AHEAD – FORECAST FROM MAY 25 TO JUNE 3

    Unsettled weather will continue through the start of next week, with widespread showers mainly across central and eastern England, the Met Office says.

    As next week progresses there is a chance of more settled conditions gradually becoming established from the west.

    Rain and showers likely becoming confined to the east, leaving drier and less windy conditions elsewhere.

    Temperatures look likely to remain slightly below average, though feeling pleasant in any sunshine.

    Some notably chilly nights are still possible, with some late season frost possible in prone spots.

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    MET OFFICE RELEASE 4CAST FOR MONDAY: A MIXTURE OF SUNSHINE AND HEAVY SHOWERS

     

  • Joseph Gamp

     TEMPERATURES SET TO PASS 20C ON MAY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND

    Next weekend, things will change for the better.

    Temperatures of up to 20C are expected on May 31.

    And highs of could hit 21C in Kent and the south by June 1.

    London is set to be hit with 22C and 23C temperatures, according to charts from Netweather.

    The return of indoor boozing has come at the perfect time as May continues to be wet and windy.

  • Joseph Gamp

    MONDAY’S WEATHER FORECAST – MET OFFICE

    Cold, wet and windy across northern Scotland.

    Sunny spells and heavy showers elsewhere, frequent England and Wales with risk of hail and thunder.

    Driest for Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ODDS SLASHED ON THIS MONTH BEING WETTEST MAY ON RECORD – LADBROKES

    Ladbrokes has slashed their odds on this month going down as the wettest May on record. 

    Having been battered by heavy rain for the last few weeks and with even more on the way, the bookies have cut odds from 1/2 to just 1/3 on this going down as the wettest May ever. 

    Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It looks as though this summer could well be a washout with record-breaking rain set to fall over the coming weeks and months.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    SOGGY BRITAIN TO BE BATTERED BY MORE WIND AND RAIN THIS WEEK

    WIND and rain-battered Britain is set for more soakings – leaving us longing for the heatwave we enjoyed a year ago.

    It’s been cold and wet across the country for weeks and will stay that way for the next few days but a mini-heatwave with 24C temperatures is coming.

    Read more here.

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