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Britain set for coldest May bank holiday for 40 years with frost, snow and sleet on way

It will be a very chilly one for some

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The coldest May bank holiday in the last four decades is set for this weekend.

A polar blast is due to sweep the North and it’s expected to be the chilliest May bank holiday for 40 years.

Forecasters have predicted that temperatures could drop as low as -6C in parts of Scotland and snow has already settled in certain areas of the country.

Snow is predicted for parts of Scotland (Credit: @CameraFirm /

It’s a stark difference to the warmer weather most of the UK experienced over the Easter bank holiday.

Met Office forecaster Mark Wilson told The Sun: “Cold air of Arctic and polar origin will arrive from Friday and through the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Snow and sleet could be seen on Friday and Saturday on the highest ground of the Peak District, Pennines and Scotland, with a small chance on the Chilterns.

“Widespread frost could be seen with -5C possible on Friday night and Saturday night in the North, with a low chance of -6C, with Sunday night a bit less cold with frost in places.”

Weather will be gloomy in certain areas over the weekend (Credit: Met Office)

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Over the border, the thermometer is set to drop to -5C today and then -6C on Saturday.

Aberdeenshire and Alford have already been hit by much colder weather, with snow and hail falling.

The coldest temperature recorded on a May bank holiday was -5.9C in Kinbrace, Scotland, in 1978.

Other parts of the UK will experience showers over the weekend, but it is then set to be brighter and dry.

Some areas will be hit by thundery showers in the lead up to the bank holiday, but the weather should then clear up further into the long weekend.

Thunder showers are due before it brightens up (Credit:

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BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood explained: “Many of us starting off on a dry note, some sunshine around, we have got some showers currently and we will see other showers develop through the course of the day.”

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