If you're from England or ever lived there, you'll know how much Brits love their May Bank Holiday. Seaside excursions to the coast, picnics, the great outdoors.
Bank Holiday 2012 is shaping up to be a little different, well more than a little out of the ordinary.
Temperatures over Saturday night will dip towards, or even below, freezing in Scotland and parts of Wales and the Midlands while thermometers might struggle to record double-digit centigrade during the day on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, south-west England, already badly hit by downpours in the last
week, will experience more rain, although on Friday most of the 20 flood
warnings that remained in place were in the Anglian region.
The Environment Agency
said it would continue to watch river levels although the forecast
suggested the weekend would be drier than recent days. A spokesman said:
"There is still a lot of floodwater around and the agency is urging
people to keep away from swollen rivers, and not attempt to walk or
drive through them."
Tom Tobler, of MeteoGroup, the weather
division of the Press Association, said: "It doesn't look like it's
going to be beach weather. We're looking at some wintry showers in the
north over high ground and there may be snowfall."
An AA spokesman
said: "We don't think there will be significant getaways of traffic. A
lot of people will be staying at home and doing their own thing. The
weather's been so foul over the last month, I doubt many people have
made plans to head off," he said.