Belfast Telegraph

Bank holiday weekend looking mild for Northern Ireland

By Rebecca Black and Aine Fox

England and Wales will enjoy the hottest May bank holiday weekend in two decades - but umbrellas may be advisable on this side of the Irish Sea.

The mini heatwave in Britain could see the mercury hitting as high as 28 degrees as people round off their three-day weekend.

Temperatures could rival those last seen in 1999 when bank holiday Monday reached 23.6C, while the hottest bank holiday weekend on record was in 1995 when the heat peaked on the Saturday at 28.6C.

But it'll be less balmy across Northern Ireland and Scotland, with showers possible.

However, Fraser Ralston from the Met Office in Aberdeen said we will still enjoy warmer than usual temperatures for this time of year.

"It will be fairly cloudy on Saturday late afternoon and evening, and then some sunny intervals on Sunday, which will generally be a brighter day," he explained.

"Armagh, Down and Antrim could have a pleasant day on Sunday. It's not going to be as warm as in England but still pleasant and above average temperatures.

"Temperatures in Northern Ireland are looking like they will be between 16-18 degrees on Saturday, and should be between 16-19 degrees, with 19 possible, in Belfast, Down and Armagh."

Mr Ralston said Monday will be the warmest day of the long weekend with temperatures of up to 21 degrees possible here, but the remainder of the week looks set to be "changeable".

It comes after parts of the UK had a freezing start to the week, with torrential rain and strong winds.

The average UK temperature for this time of year is 15C. The hottest ever recorded was 33C in 1944.

Meanwhile, the PSNI has advised road users in Belfast this weekend to plan ahead for traffic disruption and potential delays due to a number of events.

Today delays are expected in Belfast city centre between 11.30am and 1.30pm due to a parade, while later, in south Belfast, the Irish Cup Final at Windsor Park may spark delays on the Westlink, Broadway Roundabout, Lisburn Road, Tates Avenue, Glenmachan Street and Boucher Road between 12.45pm and 2.30pm, and then again between 4.45pm and 5.45 pm.

On Monday around 17,000 people are taking part in the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

The event starts at the City Hall at 9am and finishes in Ormeau Park, with the route taking in all parts of the city, from Sydenham to the Falls Road, Whitehouse to the Ravenhill Road.

As a result, motorists can expect some disruption in the morning and early afternoon.

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