UK weather forecast predicts SNOW on May Bank Holiday weekend in coldest on RECORD

Heavy showers and even snow is predicted over the long weekend with the bitter conditions set to record the coldest May Day holiday since the festival began in 1978. Weather charts have been turned a dark blue as a cold air mass covers the nation which will see a shocking dip in temperatures compared to the last bank holidays over the Easter weekend. 

This year could see numbers drop below those seen in 2012, where temperatures of -5.9C were recorded in Scotland in what was the coldest May Day since records began. 

BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood warned of “snow showers” in parts of Northern Scotland on Friday while the rest of the country could receive “thundery” showers. 

The Met Office warns of frosty mornings and that the weekend will not match the blistering heat of the Easter holidays.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Andy Page, said: “After cold, frosty starts and cool days for many across the Bank Holiday weekend, daytime temperatures will gradually recover early next week, however, they will not come near the high values we saw over the Easter weekend.”

But, the chilly Bank Holiday forecast comes just days after the Met Office predicted that it could be another scintillating summer for the UK. 

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “The longer range, three-month outlook is suggesting that higher pressure is more likely than lower pressure, and higher temperatures are more likely than lower temperatures. 

“A trend towards some finer weather as we go into early summer but of course, any individual spell of hot weather can’t be forecast at that kind of range. The trend does look higher than average.” 

Last year’s May Day saw record-breaking temperatures as the nation sizzled in 28.7C heat, the hottest recorded temperature for the bank holiday. 

Last month’s Easter weekend was the warmest in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, while England’s highest temperature was just shy of the 25.3C record. 

The RAC has predicted that 13 million trips will be made this weekend, the busiest on the roads for three years and that the cold weather could affect their journeys.

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis, said: “The advice is to try to use the roads when they are quieter, which primarily means avoiding Friday afternoon and evening if possible, and setting off earlier on Saturday if possible, especially if travelling any great distance. 

“The colder nights could be enough to cause problems with older car batteries - seriously disrupting plans for a getaway.” 

Temperatures are expected to slowly increase into next week but the Met Office said it is “likely” that it will remain cold in the north.  

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