Travel chaos and rain... it must be a bank holiday!

If the sunny weather has tempted you to make plans to spend this bank holiday weekend in a pub garden or on an outdoor trip, then you may want to think again.

This year’s early May bank holiday threatens to be a washout, with wet and windy weather set to sweep the country and families planning a get-away being told to expect road chaos.

Strong winds and rain are expected to hit the UK; temperatures will reach a high of 14C today but overnight they will drop to -2C.

Forecasters said those hoping for another weekend in the sun will be disappointed, as it will be a ‘wet and windy May Day for most’.

Millions are set to take advantage of the first bank holiday of the year with eased lockdown rules. It will also be the first weekend when travel to Wales and Scotland for leisure can go ahead, with many staycations expected. 

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The RAC said motorists were planning nearly 15million trips between yesterday and Monday, potentially bringing gridlock to roads. This would be the highest number of car trips for the early May bank holiday since 2016. 

This year’s early May bank holiday threatens to be a washout with strong winds and rain are expected to hit the UK; temperatures will reach a high of 14C today but overnight they will drop to -2C. Pictured: Pub goers in Leeds get out their brollies as they enjoy drinking al fresco

This year’s early May bank holiday threatens to be a washout with strong winds and rain are expected to hit the UK; temperatures will reach a high of 14C today but overnight they will drop to -2C. Pictured: Pub goers in Leeds get out their brollies as they enjoy drinking al fresco

Forecasters said those hoping for another weekend in the sun will be disappointed, as it will be a ‘wet and windy May Day for most’

Forecasters said those hoping for another weekend in the sun will be disappointed, as it will be a ‘wet and windy May Day for most’

While the weekend will kick off with some clearer skies and sunny spells, clouds will move in for much of the country on Saturday. Pictured: Friday evening drinkers and diners pack out tables in Soho, London

While the weekend will kick off with some clearer skies and sunny spells, clouds will move in for much of the country on Saturday. Pictured: Friday evening drinkers and diners pack out tables in Soho, London

The RAC said motorists were planning nearly 15million trips between yesterday and Monday, potentially bringing gridlock to roads. This would be the highest number of car trips for the early May bank holiday since 2016. Pictured: Traffic builds up on the M4 near Datchet in Berkshire

The RAC said motorists were planning nearly 15million trips between yesterday and Monday, potentially bringing gridlock to roads. This would be the highest number of car trips for the early May bank holiday since 2016. Pictured: Traffic builds up on the M4 near Datchet in Berkshire

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The Met Office said yesterday: 'The first day of May will include sunny spells Sun with rays occasional showers Sun behind cloud with rain and very little wind. Temperatures will be a little below average for the time of year'

The Met Office said yesterday: 'The first day of May will include sunny spells Sun with rays occasional showers Sun behind cloud with rain and very little wind. Temperatures will be a little below average for the time of year'

But Britons have been warned to dig out their raincoats as showers will give gardens some much-needed rainfall - drowning any hopes of socialising outdoors.

While the weekend will kick off with some clearer skies and sunny spells, clouds will move in for much of the country on Saturday.

The wet and windy weather will linger for most of the weekend, with some areas blasted by ‘heavy and persistent’ showers, forecasters have warned.

On Sunday, many Britons will see a sunny start but rain will develop into the afternoon. Temperatures will settle at around 12C on average on Sunday during the day, with some areas experiencing a chill below 0C.

Most of England will see a miserable Monday capping off the Bank Holiday weekend, with the north of the country only reaching highs of 10C and the south only 12C.

While the wet weather will mark a change from the dry days seen in April - and fresh showers will flush gardens with much needed rainfall - it will put a stop to plans to relax in the outdoors.

Matthew Williams from DTN/Meteogroup said: ‘People should be digging their coats out again. It will be still quite chilly for May - not the hot and sunny Bank Holiday we would hope for.

While the wet weather will mark a change from the dry days seen in April - and fresh showers will flush gardens with much needed rainfall - it will put a stop to plans to relax in the outdoors. Pictured: Two women caught in heavy rain yesterday morning at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool

While the wet weather will mark a change from the dry days seen in April - and fresh showers will flush gardens with much needed rainfall - it will put a stop to plans to relax in the outdoors. Pictured: Two women caught in heavy rain yesterday morning at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool

The wet and windy weather will linger for most of the weekend, with some areas blasted by ‘heavy and persistent’ showers, forecasters have warned. Pictured: Dark threatening shower clouds build above the beach at Boscombe near Bournemouth

The wet and windy weather will linger for most of the weekend, with some areas blasted by ‘heavy and persistent’ showers, forecasters have warned. Pictured: Dark threatening shower clouds build above the beach at Boscombe near Bournemouth

Motorists are being urged to plan ahead for possible delays over the May bank holiday as RAC research suggests nearly 15m separate leisure trips will be made by car between Friday and Monday, the highest number since 2016. Pictured: A motorhome heads along the M25 motorway in Kent

Motorists are being urged to plan

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