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UK weather: Yellow warning for wind issued for south coast and Wales

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A weather warning for wind has been issued by the Met Office for the south coast and Wales (Picture: Splash/Met Office)

Bank holiday Monday is set to be a wash-out for many, with heavy winds and rain set to ruin most people’s outdoor plans.

After an uncharacteristically sunny April, unsettled weather is set to return with a vengeance, particularly on the south coast of England.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind, with the strong gusts predicted to cause travel disruption.

Structures like marquees and gazebos, set up to help people socialise outdoors, may be at risk of being blown away by gusts of up to 40-50mph if they are not secured properly.

Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said Sunday will continue to be cold for the time of year, with sunshine and scattered showers.

He said temperatures will be around 13C to 14C in the south over the weekend, below normal temperatures for this time of year of closer to 16C.

Monday will see much more widespread rain of up to 40-50mm alongside strong winds, he added.

He said: ‘Monday will see a bright start in the east. Rain will be moving in from the west in the morning and spread to all parts over the course of the day. The rain will be accompanied by strong winds.

It’s a gloomy outlook for the early May bank holiday (Picture: Met Office)

‘It will be blustery for everyone but especially the south coast where we do have a yellow weather warning.

‘Expect some localised transport disruption and tents and temporary structures could be liable to be blown away if they are not secured properly.

‘It will be a wet and windy day for some of us and remain quite cold. In that weather warning area we could see gusts of 40-50mph, maybe even up to 60mph.’

It comes after April saw its lowest average minimum temperatures since 1922. However, as of Friday, the UK had seen 218.8 hours of sunshine in April, making it the second sunniest on record.

Outdoor plans are set to be scuppered by an influx of wind and rain (Picture: Splash)

The Met Office said that going into next week and towards polling day on Thursday the weather will return to a mixture of sunshine and showers.

Mr Snell added: ‘Going into next week we get rid of this area of low pressure around early Tuesday and go back to where we are now, a cold flow from the north with a mix of sunshine and showers.

‘In the south we might well see another band of rain coming in from the south west so it might be a bit more gloomy and wet in the south of the UK but it’s a little bit uncertain.’

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