April saw scorching temperatures for much of the country, with those Britons lucky enough to have a garden or balcony able to bask in the sunshine. While the nation has been confined to their homes in lockdown temperatures over the past month have hit as high as 24C.
This month also looks to be the sunniest April on record.
Provisional statistics from the Met Office indicate that between April 1 and 27, 215.8 hours of sunshine were recorded – 46 percent higher than the average for the month.
The good weather over the past four weeks has been the result of persistent high-pressure systems over or close to the UK, causing an extended spell of fine, dry and sunny weather.
However, the warm, sunny conditions of recent weeks will likely be replaced by heavy downpours in May.
Looking at historical weather, a good April is often followed by weeks of wet, miserable conditions.
Forecasters at Yourweather.co.uk have warned: “As we head deeper into May, the weather will most likely become wetter and breezier.
“Looking back through our weather history, a dry April has often been followed by a wetter May, and overall, we expect May rainfall to be near or a little above average for the month.”
The wet conditions have already begun to hit the country, with Atlantic weather systems already causing colder, more unsettled weather.
Yesterday saw heavy showers for many in the UK and the Met Office has forecast the rain to continue in the days ahead.
Looking ahead to tonight, the meteorologists said: “Further showers continuing across many parts of the UK this evening and overnight.
“Some clear spells and a touch of frost for parts of northern England and Scotland.”
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While tomorrow will see some sun, there will also be “showers, heavy at times, for most”, with Scotland and the north of England worst affected.
The rain is likely to continue next week and into the week after.
The Met Office forecast: “It is likely to be generally unsettled during the first week of May as Atlantic weather systems bring further bands of rain to many areas, particularly in the south and the west of the UK.
“There could also be some brighter and showery conditions inbetween these frontal systems.
“It is expected to be windy at times, especially along southern and western coastlines.
“The confidence towards the end of this period is low, but after the unsettled start to May, there could be a return of more settled conditions, bringing longer drier spells into the second week of May.”
For the end of the month, while it is likely there will be drier and sunnier periods, the Met Office also added the “mix of conditions” would also cause “heavy rain and thundery showers”.
While May looks set to be a wet one, temperatures are set to remain typical for those usually seen during the month.
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