It’s a Bank Holiday “horror show”: The UK has recorded the coldest ever start to the May Day Bank Holiday with 14 hours’ of rain and 65mph winds predicted as an 800-mile wide Atlantic storm rushes in.

On the first break since the pubs reopened punters will be rushing for the marquees – and hoping they’re secured properly – with the Met Office issuing a yellow warning for wind.

It means parts of the south west coast could be battered by 65mph gales on Monday and Tuesday, while gusts of 40-50mph, rising to as high as 60 in hilly areas, are predicted for the south east and southern and western coasts of Wales.

The ferocity could see temporary structures blown down if they are not properly secured, warned the Met Office.

Meanwhile -5.8C in Shap, Cumbria, this morning was the lowest temperature recorded on an early May Bank Holiday since it was introduced 43 years’ ago.

An 800-mile wide Atlantic storm has brought with it 65mph gales
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And it was almost 6 degrees below the freezing Finnish capital of Helsinki.

Rain will fall for 14 hours from 11am Monday until past midnight, with up to 40-50mm falling in parts of the UK.

There could be snow flurries in Scotland as polar air rushes in.

April was the coldest for 99 years, since 1922, Met Office minimum temperature records showed.

Beer garden punters will be rushing for the marquees with rain and wind set to hit
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Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said Saturday and Sunday will continue to be cold for the time of year, with sunshine and scattered showers.

He said: “Monday will see a bright start in the east.

“Rain will be moving in from the west in the morning and spread to all parts over the course of the day. The rain will be accompanied by strong winds.

“It will be blustery for everyone but especially the south coast where we do have a yellow weather warning.

“Expect some localised transport disruption and tents and temporary structures could be liable to be blown away if they are not secured properly.

“It will be a wet and windy day for some of us and remain quite cold.

“In that weather warning area we could see gusts of 40-50mph, maybe even up to 60mph.”

Coastal areas could be hit by gusts of up to 65mph
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Temperatures will be around 13C to 14C in the south over the weekend, 3 degrees below average but will feel colder due to high winds.

It follows the coldest April for almost a century – The Met Office’s minimum temperature record haven’t dipped so low since 1922.

Contrastingly it was also the second sunniest April on record, with 218.8 hours of sunshine recorded.

“It’s a Bank Holiday horror show,” The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said.

The Met Office said going into next week and towards polling day on Thursday the weather will return to a mixture of sunshine and showers.

14 hours’ of rain are due to hit the UK from Monday
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Londoners have been warned not to breach remaining coronavirus restrictions as rain and wind is set to hit the capital
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Mr Snell added: “Going into next week we get rid of this area of low pressure around early Tuesday and go back to where we are now, a cold flow from the north with a mix of sunshine and showers.

“In the south we might well see another band of rain coming in from the south west so it might be a bit more gloomy and wet in the south of the UK but it’s a little bit uncertain.”

Meanwhile the Met Police have warned people to stick to the rules when going out and avoid attending planned protests in London.

Commander Simon Dobinson said: “This will be the first major bank holiday since the easing of restrictions and I know London’s streets will be busy with people heading to the shops or to the outdoor areas of London’s bars and restaurants. We also know that groups will be coming into London to demonstrate.

“If you are involved in planning a protest event, please ensure you comply with the current legal restrictions on protest gatherings.

“We are still in a global pandemic and the Met urges people to continue to comply with the restrictions that apply to gatherings and to follow Government guidance.”



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