Chilly bank holiday on Merseyside as country could see one of the coldest ever

A cold air mass will cover the UK this Bank Holiday Weekend, bringing a dip in temperatures with some sharp night frosts likely.

Saturday will see plenty of strong May sunshine, with excellent visibility but feeling distinctly chilly in the northerly breeze.

Sunday aside from the odd shower, will be a mostly dry day, with the best of the sunshine through the morning. Generally lighter winds and so feeling pleasant enough in the sunshine.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “After cold, frosty starts and cool days for many across the Bank Holiday weekend, daytime temperatures will gradually recover early next week, however they will not come near the high values we saw over the Easter weekend.” 

It could also be one of the coldest early May Bank Holidays ever as the colder air grips the country.

The lowest temperature ever recorded on the Early May Bank Holiday was -6.4C in Grantown-on-Spey in Scotland in 1981.

The RAC is warning that thirteen million leisure trips by car are expected to be taken this coming weekend, making it the busiest weekend in three years. 

RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said; “The advice is to try to use the roads when they are quieter, which primarily means avoiding Friday afternoon and evening if possible, and setting off earlier on Saturday if possible, especially if travelling any great distance.”  

He also warns: “The colder nights could be enough to cause problems with older car batteries – seriously disrupting plans for a getaway.”  

After the Bank Holiday weekend, the weather is expected to become more unsettled, perhaps with spells of wet and windy weather across southern and central areas at times.

Brighter conditions could remain in the far north, but there is still some uncertainty about exact locations and durations.

Temperatures are expected to slowly increase to more typical values for the time of year, although it is likely to remain rather cold in the north for most of the coming week. 

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