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A "washout" Bank Holiday is set to ruin Brits' BBQ plans as the weather turns wet and wild, with icy lows forecast across the UK.
Brits hoping for a weekend of sun in the pub garden have had their hopes dashed as wet weather combined with a chilly Arctic blast is set to rain on their parade.
England has been out of lockdown for just two weeks and for the most part, the weather has stayed on the sunnier side.
But punters up and down the country will have their first taste of Spring showers over the May Bank Holiday.
Temperatures are set to plummet to a chilly 12C on average, with other areas set to be significantly lower, Met Office forecasters have said.
Weather Outlook warned of a complete "washout," with patches of mist and fog expected to develop in some areas.
Bookmakers Coral put a 4-5 odds for rain in London on Bank Holiday Monday.
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Coral's Harry Aitkenhead said: "We've been spoiled lately by some spring sunshine and whilst temperatures are set to be high, rain is coming."
"We make it odds on for a wet Bank Holiday Monday in London and have slashed the odds on a record-breaking month for wet weather across the UK."
The dismal weather is said to be driven by an Atlantic-spell that will definitely continue through into next week, and potentially throughout the first half of the month.
UK weather: Arctic blast to send temperatures plummeting ahead of Bank Holiday washout
Volatile weather makes forecasting conditions uncertain but forecasters have said it is likely to remain cold before the UK hots up in June.
According to Accuweather, a mini heatwave could strike at the end of May and beginning of June, with highs of up to 21C.
The long-term forecaster predicts that from Saturday, May 29 to Thursday, June 4, there will be one week of sunny skies and temperatures reaching 18C.
Mercury will rise even further on Saturday, June 5, with a sweltering 21C.
- UK Weather
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