A taste of summer is coming to Wales in the coming week with 25 ° C highs on the way.
While it was dry and sunny this week, temperatures were cold with overnight lows of -5 ° C in Powys thanks to the air from the Arctic.
Katesbridge in Northern Ireland saw its lowest temperature ever recorded on May Thursday morning at minus 6.1 ° C, The Met Office said.
The area previously had recorded a record low for May of minus 5.2 ° C in 1995.
But temperatures are set to slow as they rise over the weekend and by mid-next week there may be peaks of 25 ° C in parts of Wales.
Welsh predictor Derek Brockway says, “Temperatures are set to rise next week. Jack Frost was busy this week, keeping gardeners on tiptoe with air from the Arctic.
“The Arctic air is fresh and crystal clear and you can see for miles. In the coming days, high pressure remains in charge allowing slightly milder air to move from the Atlantic.
“During the weekend the good weather will slide over the Bay of Biscay keeping southern Great Britain dry. Saturday will be dry with a mix of clouds and some sun with slightly higher temperatures. Sunday will be dry and bright.”
But it’s next week when the much warmer weather shifts.
Derek says, “A plume of warm weather will spread across the UK, which means rising temperatures. Warming up next week, with a taste of summer. So far it has been a very dry month with very little rain in the forecast.”
The cold snap was caused by a high pressure system that brings cold air from the north, but next week it would see air from the south warming things up.
Temperatures were high in southern Europe beyond this week with a maximum of 39 ° C in Palermo, Sicily on Thursday.
BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker said: “The temperatures, on Sunday, given some sun in the south of the country could exceed 20 degrees and the current indications are that when we head towards the next week it will seem like June or July”.
February 2020 was confirmed as the wettest February recorded for the country, but has now been followed by one of the driest springs since 1800.
It is currently the first drier spring in Wales since recordings began.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said 138.3 mm of rain had fallen in Wales since the beginning of March, and there is no significant rainfall forecast until the end of May.
He added that the driest counties were Dyfed, which saw 43% of normal rainfall during the time of year, and Gwynedd, which saw 44%.
“The forecast for the coming week is good and dry weather,” he said. “There are no significant rains in the forecast until the end of May. There is some chance on Snowdonia, but there won’t be much.”
Five-day weather forecast for Wales
After a cold start it will be a dry day with plenty of sunlight. A few clouds bubbled for a while, especially in the east. A warmer touch on Thursday. Maximum temperature 16 ° C.
Much of the cloud subsides during the evening to allow temperatures to plunge back into the night, with some frost in rural areas. Minimum temperature 1 ° C.
Conditions remain similar on Friday, as many sunny spells are interrupted by intermittent cloud spots. Temperatures continue to rise. Maximum temperature 17 ° C.
Outlook from Sunday to Tuesday:
Sunday becomes more breezy, although there are many bright spells around. Mondays and Tuesdays seem fairly cloudy with rain in the north and west, although some brighter spells further east.