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Cloudy skies and scattered showers make for Bank Holiday

The Met Office’s central England temperature records, covering a triangular area between London, Manchester and Bristol, show the mean temperature from March 1 to May 29 was a record 10.36c (50.65f), beating the averages of 10.1c (50.18f) in 2007 and 10.2c (50.36f) in 1893.

Looking forward, there have been reports that Britain is set to follow its balmy spring with a tropical summer.

Forecasters predict temperatures will stay above 21c (70f) in June and July – and could even hit a sweltering 32c (90f).

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell stressed the weekend ‘wasn’t a total washout’, and warned: ‘Much of the UK still needs moisture that it won’t get, as temperatures rise again throughout the week.’

The recent rain – half an inch across Britain – was welcome relief for parched farmland. While the North has seen plenty of rainfall this May – more than 210 per cent what it would usually expect – those further south have suffered waning crops.

This week temperatures will hit 24c (75.2f) across the South-East, and while it falls short of the blistering 28c (82.4f) of Easter, the mercury will still hit a respectable 22c (71.6f) in Wales, northern England  and Scotland.

There will be gentler winds and clearer skies across much of the country, although the far northern corners could see light drizzle and clouds.

 

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