Parts of Britain will be as hot as Hollywood over bank holiday weekend
Parts of Britain will be as hot as Hollywood over the bank holiday weekend despite the presence of rain and thunder.
The UK will welcome in the start of summer with a mainly warm weekend although showers and thunderstorms will appear at times.
Southern England is expected to be wetter than the north and Scotland, although it will also see the best of the sun, reaching 21C (69.8F).
At times over the weekend southern England will bask in temperatures similar to that of Los Angeles.
Temperatures across the rest of the country are expected to be in the high teens but may creep into the low 20s, the Met Office said.
The final May weekend will begin with warm sunny periods and a good deal of sunshine across most of the country, although the Midlands is expected to be rather cloudy.
Saturday will see thunderstorms and scattered showers across the south.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill predicted an overall "decent" final bank holiday before the start of summer.
He said: "It's not going to be too wet and in the sunshine it will be rather warm.
"It should be mainly dry, with periods of showers, but on the whole a pleasant warm bank holiday weekend for the majority of people."