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Bank holiday sunshine and showers

Britons preparing for a bank holiday weekend getaway may have to pack for all conditions after f orecasters predicted there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers across the country.

Saturday looks set to be the driest and brightest day for much of the UK, while Sunday could see cloud and patchy rain.

Met Office forecaster Calum MacColl said: "The highest temperatures are likely to be at the start of the weekend but at least there will be some sunshine throughout the weekend for many parts of the country.

"On Saturday we've got a ridge of high pressure over much of the country which should mean not too bad a day.

"Many areas should have variable bits of cloud with sunny breaks coming through during the day. B ar the odd isolated shower it's looking pretty good."

Temperatures are due to reach the mid to high teens Celsius and could be even higher in some areas.

"We're not doing too bad, especially the further south you go," Mr MacColl said. "We could see 18 or 19C, and maybe even a 20C along the south coast."

On Sunday cloud and outbreaks of drizzle in the north west of the UK will spread to the South East during the day.

"It may well be that the south of England clings on to some dry weather until later on Sunday when showers may break out," Mr MacColl said.

Northern and central areas should enjoy sunnier conditions once the rain has passed.

Brighter and cooler conditions are expected to dominate on Monday, with some sharp showers in the North.

"Temperatures by Monday will probably be back down to slightly below normal for the time of year," Mr MacColl explained. "Generally it's a cooler day on Monday."

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