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UK weather news: First weekend of outdoor gatherings set to stay cold as brighter weather on the horizon

Written by on 22 May 2021

The first weekend of outdoor gatherings will remain unseasonably cold, although there will be some respite from the heavy rain and wind.

This weekend marks the first Saturday and Sunday that large groups of people can meet up outdoors in England.

Stormy weather during the working week will make way for smatterings of showers and sunlight on Saturday.

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Saturday’s weather outlook

Sunday will start fine, but as the day progresses wind and rain will move in.

But either way it is still hardly picnic weather, with temperatures expected to stay in the single figures across the weekend.

Sky weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: “Saturday will be a drier and calmer day. However, there will be some scattered showers, mainly across coastal areas, although they’ll tend to ease through the day, and so will the winds.

“Sunday will start off fine, but cloud and rain will spread eastwards through the day, followed by heavy showers across the southwest of the UK and Ireland. It’ll become windy too, with a risk of coastal gales in the south.”

May has been chilly and wet for most of the country – with the South West especially facing downpours.

Wales and Devon are facing record rainfall figures for this month, although the rest of May should be lighter than the first half.

And in northern Scotland it will not be feeling like summer, with frosts expected on both Saturday and Sunday.

Moving into next week though, the weather may be better suited for enjoying the newfound freedoms.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said: “We’re pointing towards seeing things settling down from the middle of next week onwards, particularly in the south.

“There is a good deal of uncertainty in the forecast, but we’re hoping by the end of May we will have much drier and settled weather across the UK.”

She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.

“The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,” she added.