Brits are braced for a three-week warm spell as the Met Office predicts that temperatures will soar over the latter part of the month — beginning on Friday (May 19).
The UK has experienced grey skies, with drizzly conditions, low temperatures and even thunder and lightning, for much of May so far.
But The Met Office predicts that temperatures will rise through the latter part of the month, saying: "A high-pressure ridge is most likely to extend across the UK, resulting in a good amount of fine and dry weather for most."
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It added: “Temperatures most likely above average overall, although most likely closer to average in the south-east.
“Into June, high pressure is predicted to remain dominant, especially for northern areas, with cloud, rain and showers more likely to the south, although there is a level of uncertainty associated with this. An increased likelihood of above average temperatures for many.”
Met Office forecaster Stephen Keates said: "We've had plenty of sunshine around over the weekend. We're going to hold onto a decent segment of that fine weather but there will be the odd scattered shower about.
"Some of them will be heavy at times. It's also going to feel cooler than what it has been with temperatures dropping slightly."
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Looking ahead to the beginning of June, the Met Office continued: "The most likely scenario for the end of May is for drier weather in the north, with an increased chance of periods of rain and possibly thunder in the south and south west.
"Into June, high pressure is predicted to remain dominant, especially for northern areas, with cloud, rain and showers more likely to the south, although there is a level of uncertainty associated with this."
The forecasters continued that they were confident, adding: "An increased likelihood of above average temperatures for many."
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