Map shows parts of the UK set for a wet and windy bank holiday

At least some parts of the country can expect a rainy weekend (Picture: North News & Pictures/WX Weather)

It’s not long until the May Day bank holiday, traditionally the start of summer in the UK.

But is it actually going to be summery, or a washout?

With a few days still to go, models have been somewhat contradictory on exactly how the weather will look, but so far the indications aren’t great.

At least some parts of the country can expect a rainy weekend, despite some warmer days this week.

The Met Office forecast for Friday to Sunday predicts weather will ‘remain changeable with further spells of rain or showers, particularly in the south. In any drier and brighter interludes it will feel warm away from the east coast.’

There will be an ‘uncertain period through the bank holiday weekend with the most likely result a warm but cloudy day Sunday with a few light showers, then increasingly cloudy with rain spreading from the west, though weakening as it does so’.

Morris dancer on the top of Eccles Pike in Derbyshire this morning (Picture: Getty)

Torrential downpours on Westminster Bridge on April 19 (Picture Rex)

A weather warning for thunderstorms in place today

Teeming rain in Sunderland on Sunday (Picture: North News)

The village of Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire flooded on April 28 (Picture: Shutterstock)

How Monday might shape up, with all areas risking rain (Picture: WX Weather)

How the Met Office predicted Sunday afternoon could look (Picture: Met Office)

‘Into the new week all areas are likely to see a mixture of showery periods or spells of rain.’

At the moment, there is still some uncertainty about how the weather will pan out.

The gloomier latest forecasts come days after senior meteorologist at the Met Office Amy Bokota said: ‘Temperatures have been below average for the last couple of weeks, so certainly by the time we get to Wednesday, and probably into next weekend, temperatures will be warmer.

‘It might not be the sort of glorious sort of heatwave that we’re hoping for … but there probably will be some more pleasant and warmer weather for some people as we head towards the end of the week.’

So it’s possible people might get some use out of their barbecues and garden furniture… but more likely they’ll need an umbrella.

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