Finally! Sheffield weather set to reach temperatures as warm as south of France this bank holiday weekend

After weeks of downpours and below-average temperatures for May in Sheffield, forecasters are predicting a brighter end to the month.

Thursday, 27th May 2021, 7:38 pm

The dismal May weather looks set to take a turn for the better, the Met Office said, with the mercury predicted to top 20°C in parts of the UK just in time for the bank holiday weekend.

Sheffield will reach 20C on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the same as the weather forecast for Nice in the south of France.

London and central parts of England could see temperatures climb to as much as 23°C over the weekend.

People enjoy the sunshine in Endcliffe Park in Sheffield (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The last time temperatures were as high was on March 30, with 24.5°C recorded in London.

Other parts of the South East, Wales and the North West are predicted to see top temperatures of around 20°C.

Oli Claydon, from the Met Office, said: “Showers will start to ease and temperatures will increase over the bank holiday.

“There’ll be highs of up to 23°C for central parts of England and possibly into London.

“There is a slow progression towards warmer and drier conditions.”

Wet weather has dominated the forecast this month, with Wales recording 200.7mm of rain – double the monthly average – making it the wettest May in records dating back to 1862.

Dorset, Bristol and eastern parts of Scotland have also been particularly hard-hit by downpours.

Across the UK, it has been the 10th wettest May on record, according to Met Office figures.

Despite some respite over the weekend it looks like the sunny spell could be short-lived, with forecasters warning showers and cooler weather could return early next week.

Sheffield will likely experience a warmer weather beginning Thursday, as maximum temperature reaches 17°C.