Brits set for near 20C Bank Holiday mini-heatwave before May deep chill hits

A mini-heatwave is set to warm things up for many parts of the UK this Early May bank holiday — but a cold snap could be on the way only days after.

The rollercoaster weather forecast comes as the mercury is expected to spring upwards over the course of the long weekend, thanks to a shift in weather fronts.

Things are expected to be the most pleasant on Monday (May 2), when temperatures of 17C are possible.

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said: “The high-pressure that has been dominating the UK in recent days will move away to the south, allowing a low-pressure system to move in from the northwest.

“This will bring with it some more unsettled weather with showers or some longer spells of rain across the north on Saturday and then southern areas on Sunday.

“A good deal of dry weather is expected on Monday with most areas only seeing some isolated showers and mild temperatures, widely in the mid-teens.”

Some forecasters however predict that this weekend will begin a two-week long Atlantic blast that will bring with it bitters lows along with heavy rain.

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According to weather forecaster Jim Dale from the British Weather Services many people could be waking up to icy frosts, with these being more likely in northern areas.

Estimating where these might hit, he said: "You're just going to see minus temperatures – -1C, 0C, 1C or 2C – particularly if we get sufficient cloud breaks, particularly in valley areas.

"So it's obviously the Glens, the valleys of the Pennines and Cumbria and places like that."

Hayfever sufferers in England have meanwhile been told to expect elevated pollen counts in the next few days, with the Met Office forecasting medium and high levels in Yorkshire, London and the southwest from Friday to Sunday.

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