UK temperatures set to reach 26C in bank holiday scorcher

Beaches are set to be quiet despite the good weather

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The UK will be bathed in sunshine over the VE Day bank holiday, with temperatures expected to soar up to 26C on Friday.

It would make parts of the country hotter than some of Europe's top tourist destinations like Monaco and Corfu.

The Met Office said an area of high pressure will move across the south of England on Friday, bringing sunny skies and warm weather, with temperatures reaching the mid-20s in London and the South East by the afternoon.

Scotland will see highs of 17C and Northern Ireland 18C, while northern England and Wales could each see peaks of 21C.

However, many beaches and open spaces are likely to be largely empty as people stay at home due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Despite the social distancing restrictions, many will still use the day-off to commemorate of the 75th anniversary of World War Two victory.

The government has encouraged Brits to hold 1940s-style afternoon tea parties within their households the Queen will deliver a pre-recorded television address in the evening.

The good weather expected to continue for most areas into Saturday, before a “drastic drop” in temperatures on Sunday as Arctic air sweeps in from the North.

The Met Office said London could see temperatures plummet to 15C and there could even be a chance of snow in hilly areas of Scotland, though it is unlikely to set.

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