UK weather Bank Holiday forecast – Torrential rain and strong winds will RUIN May Day weekend for millions of Brits

BRITS have been warned of a "washout" Bank Holiday Monday as the weather turns wet and wild.

Those hoping for another weekend in the sun can think again as they will be shivering in the rain rather than soaking up the rays amid an Arctic blast.

Temperatures will be just a chilly 12C on average, with many areas significantly lower.

There will be strong winds and heavy rain, with forecasters at The Weather Outlook warning of a "washout".

Read all the latest weather news and updates in our live blog below…

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    Forecasters at The Weather Outlook have warned of a "very wet and windy" bank holiday Monday.

    They said it "could be a washout in much of the UK" but "there is uncertainty about how quickly outbreaks of rain will spread eastwards".

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    Bookmaker Coral’s odds on next month being the wettest May on record have tumbled to just 2-1 (from 5-1 last week) as rain falls across the UK at the end of April.

    “We were spoiled with some sensational April sunshine as pub gardens opened up for the first time in 2021 but now the rain is falling, our odds on next month being the wettest May on record in the UK have fallen too,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

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    The weekend will be "rather cold with scattered showers", according to the Met Office.

    There will be some frosty nights for many, and things will turn even wetter and windier on Monday with gales in places.

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    It has been one of the driest Aprils on record, with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

    Up to April 22, there had been an average of 12.8mm of rain across the UK, much lower than the April average of 72.53mm, according to Met Office figures.

    A typical April in the UK would have had 70 per cent of its rainfall by now, but it instead has just had 18 per cent.

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    Tourist businesses hoping for a bumper Bank Holiday weekend are battling a fresh threat from the weather.

    Today after one of the driest Aprils on record, in parts of Devon it started to hail and rain.

    And the forecast for the rest of the long weekend is more rain and strong winds.

    One Exeter trader said:"It's been bright, sunny and dry all month. And just when we are hoping to welcome people in the weather has conspired against us.

    "It's been a bit chilly at night and frosty in the mornings but the days were fine. But now it's time for the April showers, just as April ends. But the hail was a surprise!"

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    Three flood alerts are in place in Wales.

    They cover the Usk estuary, Wye Estuary in Monmouthshire, and Tidal area at Crofty.

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    Air pollution in the UK fell to its lowest levels on record in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, official statistics have shown.

    Figures from the Environment Department (Defra) show that roadside and urban background average annual levels of nitrogen dioxide, a key pollutant that harms health, was the lowest in records going back to the 1990s.

    And the number of hours with “moderate” or higher nitrogen dioxide at roadside monitoring sites were the lowest they have been, in 2020.

    Officials said the reduction in road traffic as a result of Covid-19 restrictions which kept people at home was likely to be a large contributing factor in lower levels of the pollutant, which comes from sources such as vehicle engines.

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    Brits have been warned about toxic bugs as the mild winter and spring weather will bring a population explosion this year.

    Oak processionary moths lay their eggs from late April and infest trees once hatched.

    They can be poisonous to humans if they come directly into contact with the skin.

    The bugs have been blamed for causing breathing problems, which have been fatal – but not in the UK.

    Forestry England warned the caterpillars have black heads and bodies covered in long white hairs which contain proteins which can cause itchy rashes, eye, and throat irritations.

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    There is one flood warning in place across England.

    Flooding is "expected" in the North Sea coast at Hornsea area, the Met Office warns.

    Immediate action is required, according to forecasters, and the warning remains in place until 9.45pm tonight.

    Areas most at risk are properties from Marine Drive, along South Promenade, Hornsea Burton Road and along Stream Dike and Foss Beck.

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    According to the Met Office, showers will "die out" inland but continue around the coasts exposed to northeasterly winds.

    The odd shower is possible later in the night in central parts, forecasters add,

    It will be "chilly with rural frost for some".

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    Killer Asian hornets are set to invade British homes this Bank Holiday weekend having been blown over from France.

    The number of queens found on the Channel Islands, seen as the insects’ British Isles’ base, has tripled during the past week.

    Experts on Jersey – seen as the frontline in the fight against the deadly insects – say the large increase was caused by them “blowing in” from mainland Europe by strong easterly winds.

    This has led to fears of a summer-long battle to stop the spread of the insects that could decimate the UK's native bee population.

    Alastair Christie, who leads the team tracking the invasive species, said that the number of queens found so far this year had risen from nine to 27 in the past week – with the first nest expected “any day now”.

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    Sunny spells and the occasional isolated shower to start. Into the afternoon showers develop more widely as further cloud moves in, showers possibly turning heavy with hail and wintry over high ground.

    Feeling cold, despite gentle northeasterly winds. Maximum temperature 12C.


    Clouds break up and showers die out into the evening, giving a dry and chilly night with frosts and fog patches.

    Towards the morning the occasional shower may develop again. Minimum temperature -1C.

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