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Warm weather is not expected to ease over the weekend with a probability of 24°C in south east Wales and around the Bristol Channel on Saturday and Sunday.
Other regions across the UK can look forward to temperatures reaching the high teens and early 20s.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said high temperatures for a Bank Holiday weekend are rare in the predicted dry range.
“We’re getting there slowly. Hints of summer,” said Mr. Partridge. “As for a Bank Weekend, it’s very rare to be dry and sunny I think, so we’re not doing too badly.”
Rain is unlikely to bother the UK over the next few days, with Met Office Deputy Chief Stephen Keats saying indications are that dry, bright weather is likely to continue for most of the time – with little rain throughout next week.
The highest temperature in the UK on Friday was in Bainbridge with a high of 22.6C.
Meteorologists say the hottest days are yet to come, with temperatures expected to reach 24 degrees Celsius.
Cardiff recorded the highest temperature of 2023 on Monday at 23.4C.
Met Office chief meteorologist Poul Gundersen said: “The jet stream in the north of the UK prevents unstable weather systems and allows high pressure to take over, bringing fine weather to the vast majority of the UK.
“The current high pressure situation means we will see a westerly air flow over the UK, which is cooler in direction than if air was brought in from the south, regions like Spain or Africa.
“So it is very unlikely that we will reach heat wave conditions, but temperatures will still be warm, reaching into the low 20s for many, particularly in the southwest and south Wales.”
Meanwhile, travel experts warn of a busy time on the roads.
RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “We fully expect families to make the most of the largely fine weather over the coming days, as we expect the late May Bank Holiday to be our busiest since before the pandemic.
“In the next week-and-a-half in many parts of the UK day trips will also be a huge advantage as roads to the coasts and countryside become more crowded.
“Going away early in the morning or delaying flights until the evening is the best way to avoid the inevitable delays.
“Nobody wants a meltdown that gets them down and spend time with family and friends, yet a lot of the jobs our patrols are out for could be completely avoided if drivers completed just a few more checks before they head out onto the open road.
“Making sure the oil and coolant levels are where they should be is essential, as is checking the tires are free of damage and properly inflated.”