Dry and fine weather across UK for bank holiday weekend

Partygoers heading to festivals and holidaymakers looking to take advantage of the bank holiday weekend can expect widespread fine conditions in a spell of late summer sun, forecasters have said.

Most of the UK is set to be dry and bright for the duration of the three-day weekend after weeks of wetter than usual weather for August, according to the Met Office.

It said the high pressure is likely to dominate through the end of the month and into the start of September, suggesting this weekend’s settled spell could continue into next week.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “It will be a largely fine and settled weekend; there’s very little – if any – rain in the forecast.”

He said the best conditions can be expected in Northern Ireland and western Scotland on Saturday, but there is likely to be fine, dry and settled weather in most other areas too.

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As the weekend progresses, the warmest temperatures are expected to be in southern England, with highs of 22C (71.6F) or 23C (73.4F) and the potential for an isolated 24C (75.2F) or 25C (77F).

Revellers at the Reading and Leeds Festivals can enjoy bright conditions over the weekend, with highs potentially reaching 21C (69.8F) in Reading on Sunday and 17C (62.6F) in Leeds.

However, those camping in Leeds should pack warm layers, with temperatures set to drop to 10C-11C (50F-51.8F) overnight.

Mr Madge said conditions are expected to cool slightly going into Monday.

“But the high pressure will remain in situ until at least the end of next week, so we have got fine and settled weather to come for some considerable period of time,” he said.

“It looks as though it is locked in for a while. Therefore, although temperatures may come down a little bit, there should still be plenty of bright conditions and plenty of weather for people to enjoy over the bank holiday.”

Looking ahead into September, he said there has been a “fairly strong signal” for conditions to be warmer than average, while rainfall levels are expected to be close to average.