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

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.

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.

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A woman reads her book in the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
A couple enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoy the bank holiday sunshine on the beach in Broadstairs, Kent, as the UK continues to enjoy the warm Easter weather.
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton pier on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
Sunset during unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton pier on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
The i360 tower on Brighton beach at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton pier on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People play beach volleyball at Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
A horserider passes oilseed rape growing in a field close to Compton, near Newbury in Berkshire. Weather forecasters and pollen experts have warned that a so-called 'deadly pollen bomb' could strike over the Easter weekend with temperatures forecast to rise as high as 25C. (Photo by Steve Parsons/PA Images via Getty Images)
People play beach volleyball at Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunshine at Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoy the sunshine at Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
A field of rapeseed near Skirpenbeck, Yorkshire, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A paddle boarder off Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: Arthur James, aged 78, enjoys the fine weather on his 104th visit during the last 12 months to Blackpool on April 18, 2019 in Blackpool, England. Arthur uses his bus pass twice weekly to travel from Preston to Blackpool. The Met office has forecast a fine and warm Easter holiday weekend for most of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: People promenade in the fine weather at the seafront on April 18, 2019 in Blackpool, England. The Met office has forecast a fine and warm Easter holiday weekend for most of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: A family enjoy a picnic next to the beach on April 18, 2019 in Blackpool, England. The Met office has forecast a fine and warm Easter holiday weekend for most of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 18: People walks in the fine weather at the seafront on April 18, 2019 in Blackpool, England. The Met office has forecast a fine and warm Easter holiday weekend for most of the United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Cyclists make their way past the beach huts on Boscombe beach, Dorset, as Britain is set for a sunny Easter bank holiday weekend, that could break national records. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man walks along a path lined with cherry blossoms in Harrogate, Yorkshire, as Britain sees warmer spring weather this week, with temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius in time for the Easter weekend. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman walks along a path lined with cherry blossoms in Harrogate, Yorkshire, as Britain sees warmer spring weather this week, with temperatures reaching up to 22 degrees Celsius in time for the Easter weekend. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People take a punt on the River Cam in Cambridge, as parts of the UK will be hotter than some of EuropeÕs top holiday destinations over the Easter weekend, with temperatures exceeding 20C (68F). (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton beach on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
People enjoying the unusually warm spring weather on Brighton pier on Good Friday at the start of the Easter weekend. Photo date: Friday, April 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Richard Gray/EMPICS
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On its website, the Met Office says: "Some showery rain pushes southeastwards on Friday, interspersed with brighter spells.

"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.

- The article first appeared on Yahoo

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