Bank holiday brings sun and snow


Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Britain has seen snow, thunderstorms and glorious sunshine this bank holiday weekend – and the topsy-turvy weather is set to continue.

Snow fell over the Highlands of Scotland, prompting severe weather warnings, while torrential downpours of up to three inches of rain lashed parts of the country.

Britons had to dig out their umbrellas as nearly everywhere in the UK was hit by rain at some point.

But between the showers spells of warm sunshine sent temperatures soaring up to a balmy 20C (68F) in the south east of England yesterday – far higher than average for this time of year.

And after a disappointing start to the weekend for many, most of Britain will enjoy a more settled bank holiday Monday, with a respite from the sharp showers.

But the break will not last with fresh rain forecast during the week.

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell said the country had been hit by a north-south divide, with the south getting the better of the weather yesterday.

He said: “We had some snow in the Highlands of Scotland and had a snow warning out. It is early May, it is not impossible to see snow, but it is quite late in the season.

“It would have been pretty nasty conditions out there for walkers. There would have been near zero visibility, so the warning was there.”

He said the bank holiday Monday is “completely different” with temperatures warming up to 15C (59F) in the north and “hardly any rain”.

Mr Powell said: “The bank holiday (weekend) has been mixed, but today many places will see some decent weather.

“It has been a mixed bag. It has by no means been a wash-out but some people will have been disappointed with the bank holiday weather. But everyone would have managed to go out and enjoy something.”

The unpredictable weather will strike again though, with showers forecast for Tuesday and thunder expected to return on Wednesday.

Brighter weather will return at the end of the week, the Met Office said.

Mr Powell said: “It is all over the place, but temperatures won’t dip too much. It is very mixed but the end of the week looks better than the start.”

Published: Monday 4th May 2015 by The News Editor

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