Met Office says there will be no May bank holiday heatwave caused by ‘Spanish plume’

Bluebells in bloom in a field in Gateacre, Liverpool (Picture: PA)
Bluebells in bloom in a field in Gateacre, Liverpool (Picture: PA)

The Met Office has dismissed suggestions that Britain will bask in a May bank holiday heatwave next week.

There were reports that temperatures could reach as high as 26C in the UK next Monday and Tuesday, as a result of a so-called “Spanish plume” of hot air.

However, the Met Office has said the bank holiday weekend will be mild and largely dry, with temperatures not expected to reach into the 20s.

Asked about reports of temperatures of mid-20s next week, Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told Yahoo News: “We are not forecasting that. We don’t know where that came from.”

She said temperatures this week could get as high as 17C or 18C, but the bank holiday weekend will be cooler owing to a northern winds.

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Temperatures could creep up to 16C or 17C over the weekend, she said, but it’s more likely they will remain between 12C and 14C.

On its website, the Met Office says: “Some showery rain pushes southeastwards on Friday, interspersed with brighter spells.

A field of oil seed rape in Durham (Picture: PA)
A field of oil seed rape in Durham (Picture: PA)

“Colder, showery conditions will spread into the north later, with the showers turning wintry over the Scottish mountains.

“During the Bank Holiday weekend a pattern of generally dry weather is likely to develop, with some sunshine across most parts, although western and northern areas may eventually see some unsettled and windier conditions later.

“After a cold start for many, day time temperatures are more likely to become warm again by the end of the weekend.

“Nights may be fairly cold, with some late frost likely.

“How long the settled weather continues is uncertain and there remains a chance of spells of wet, windy and cooler weather at times, especially in the west and north.