Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

It's hot... and getting hotter: Oxfordshire basks in bank holiday heatwave

It's hot... and getting hotter: Oxfordshire basks in bank holiday heatwave

On the first official May Bank Holiday in 1999 the thermometer peaked at 23.6C, and before that, in 1995, we hit 28.6C, - with it touch and go whether we will sizzle above that.

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on this month seeing the hottest May day ever recorded to 6-4 from 2-1.

He added: "Temperatures day by day are going to creep up. Perhaps even 28C or 29C to the west of London".

In its long-range forecast from the middle of next week towards mid-May, the Met Office said there is "some uncertainty" but notes that "at this stage it looks like most places will stay mainly dry with sunny spells".

On Monday, temperatures are expected to hit 27C across some parts of the UK.

For the rest of bank holiday Monday, Powell said we are looking at a "fairly quiet evening", which is good news for those travelling home from their three-day weekend.

Miss Yeomans said the warm and sunny weather forecast for southern Britain is a reversal of conditions in early May previous year.

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"Most of the United Kingdom will be dry throughout the weekend, with an increasing amount of sunshine".

"Patchy fog and low cloud may affect some western coasts, where cooler".

The RAC predicts 1.91 million vehicle journeys on Monday will be made with traffic expected to peak between 10am to 4pm.

"But I think we can expect things to be not as warm as they are now, but also not as dry as they are now", he said.

Exacta Weather's James Madden said there could even be a chance the mercury could reach the 30C mark.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "Passengers will rightly be frustrated to find they can't travel on the bank holiday weekend. This is most likely to happen in the south".

Enjoy the sunshine and visit some of these best rooftop bars across LeedsThe record highest temperature for May is 32.8C which was recorded in 1922 and 1944.

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