Brace yourself for a chilly bank holiday

PUT away the swimming costumes for the bank holiday because the summer has not arrived just yet.Forget the thought of ice creams and the beach or lounging in the garden in the sunshine, as it looks like clouds could be taking over for most of the weekend.

By Jessica Nicholls

PUT away the swimming costumes for the bank holiday because the summer has not arrived just yet.

Forget the thought of ice creams and the beach or lounging in the garden in the sunshine, as it looks like clouds could be taking over for most of the weekend.

According to Evening Star weatherman Ken Blowers, people should make the most of today, because the weather looks set to go downhill from here.

For this weekend at least, the glorious sunshine we were treated to last month seems to have disappeared.

Mr Blowers said: "There is going to be a cold easterly wind over Saturday and Sunday and it will be dry but cloudy in parts. By Monday there will be a chance of rain." The weather will be similar across the whole of the country, but the cold easterly wind means that the east coast will feel chillier than inland areas.

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Temperatures will be hovering around the 12C mark, so jumpers rather than T-shirts and shorts could be the order of the day.

Further inland temperatures could be a little higher, getting up to around 14C.

Anyone who feels like throwing caution to the wind and going for a quick dip in the North Sea regardless of the weather should think twice.

According to Mr Blowers the sea is going to be really cold and is only likely to get warmer by August.

So the message is to make the most of any sunshine today – because the clouds look to be rolling in by tomorrow.