Thursday 1 May 2014, 20:23
The early May Day Bank Holiday has been plagued by bad weather since it began in 1978.
In that year an easterly block brought unseasonably cold and cloudy weather to many areas, with plenty of rain across the south.
We had to wait until May 1989 for the first fine and warm May Day Bank Holiday Monday.
But following on from last year’s mostly fine bank holiday weather, the weather this weekend is looking quite promising.
High pressure will bring a lot of settled weather across the country, with a big improvement developing across our region on Friday after what’s been a poor day today.
A weak weather front will bring cloudier conditions from the west on Sunday, and a risk at least of some drizzle mainly to the Pennines, but much of the Bank Holiday weekend looks fine.
Gardeners will need to keep an eye on overnight temperatures though, particularly on Friday and Saturday night, with a risk of a widespread ground frost and even an air frost in some areas.
After Bank Holiday Monday, the weather turns distinctly unsettled, so as usual it will be a case of enjoying the fine weather while it lasts.
Don’t forget the BBC Weather Show, which you can follow on twitter @BBC_weathershow and listen to on the BBC iplayer
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