This spate of sunny weather has been bloody lovely, hasn’t it? While some people have still had to work throughout the bank holiday sunshine (ahem), most of you have been able to enjoy piss-ups in the park, BBQs with mates and maybe even a trip to the beach. Well, if this bank holiday heatwave is anything to go by, we can apparently expect more of the same this summer – with forecasters saying that there’s a high chance that we could be getting the hottest summer since 2013.
The Met Office’s three-month forecast said: “For May-July, above-average temperatures are more probable than below-average temperatures. “The probability the UK average temperature for May-July will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 30 percent. “The probability of the coldest of our five categories is between five and 10 percent.”
Brian Gaze, a forecaster for The Weather Outlook, also explained that we could be getting warm air from mainland Europe. He said: “This summer could be the warmest for five years – 27C could be seen in Scotland from June onwards. “Warm air is due from continental Europe. “As recent summers have been so mixed, this summer has a higher chance of being the warmest since 2013. But there will also be cool and wet spells.”
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Channel, owned by The Weather Company, also agreed, saying: “Continental heat is expected due to low pressure over the Atlantic and high pressure over the continent.” The weather this weekend has been a welcome relief to all that ridiculousness that was the Beast From the East – and its various offshoots. It’s expected to be the hottest early May bank holiday since the early May bank holiday first became a thing… 40 years ago.
— Met Office (@metoffice) May 6, 2018
The only downside, of course, is that with all this lovely sunshine and heat also comes the dreaded hayfever, with pollen counts set to soar. While Monday is expected to be a scorcher, it’s also thought to be the worst day for the pollen count, especially in the South and Midlands, according to the Mirror.
Dr Jean Emberlin, scientific director of Allergy UK, advised: “It’s best to be take precautions and do sensible things to avoid the worst of the pollen and alleviate symptoms.” So grab the tissues and stock up on the antihistamines, because you sure don’t want sneezing and a runny nose to interfere with your perfect sunny bank holiday.