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UK Celebrates Hottest Early May Bank Holiday On Record

Matt Crisp May 11, 2018

Brits who chose to stay in the UK over the early May Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy a luxury coach hire to some of the country’s best sights were not disappointed, as we were spoilt with Mediterranean weather over the long three-day break.

In fact, it was so sunny that the Met Office reported it was the hottest first May Bank Holiday since records began in 1978.

Temperatures on Monday (May 7th) reached 28.7C in Northolt, west London, surpassing the previous record of 23.6C.

BBC weather forecaster Alina Jenkins revealed: “The early May Bank Holiday temperature record has just been broken. It has just reached 24.7C in Gosport in Hampshire, beating the previous record set back in 1999.”

Temperatures continued to climb after that, with much of the UK experiencing warm weather and plenty of sunshine.

Not only was the weather far hotter than the typical first Bank Holiday in May, but temperatures were also significantly higher than average figures for the month. Normally, at this time of the year, temperatures in the north of the country are 13C, while they are 16C in the south.

Those who have taken advantage of the longer weekend and are away for the rest of the week could continue to bask in the sunshine.

However, temperatures were expected to dip to the low 20s, getting cooler by the end of the week when they could decline to 16C, according to Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts.

The Daily Mirror reported her as saying: “The Atlantic front [will bring] the likelihood of rain for most, even the south-east.”

Showers are expected to travel from the Atlantic towards the weekend, causing rainstorms across much of the country.