TOMORROW’S extra bank holiday in honor of the King’s coronation is set to become a real royal wash for millions of Scots.
Along with heavy rains to sweep the country, thunderstorms to hit Northern Ireland could cross the water into Ayrshire later in the afternoon.
Scotland has seen far fewer outdoor events to celebrate its first coronation in 70 years and the Met Office says today’s forecast offers no encouragement to step foot outside.
Tropical sea air rises from the south-west causing combustible atmospheric moisture conditions, particularly over eastern Scotland.
Meteorologist Dan Stroud said: “Unfortunately, it’s not looking good.
“Most people don’t like their holidays to be wet and wild, but I’m afraid that’s exactly what we’re offering on Monday.
“Thunderstorm warnings are in place for Northern Ireland but while we do not expect to issue one for Scotland some of these storms could spread to south west Scotland later in the afternoon.
“It might get a bit lighter in the afternoon in central Scotland, but expect thunderstorms south of that.”
All is not gloomy as temperatures are a few degrees above average for the time of month.
On Saturday, the Coronation Day, it was the northern outpost of Kinlochewe in Wester Ross that delivered the highest temperature in Britain at 19.6C (67F).
Glasgow hit 18.5C (65F) on Sunday and tomorrow could see 17C (63F) almost everywhere.
The average temperature in Scotland in early May is 10-11°C (50-52°F) in the highlands and 14°C (57°F) in the central belt.
When today’s bank holiday was declared by the British government in November last year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said it would offer the nation an opportunity to come together to celebrate the coronation of King Charles.
He said: “The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country. In recognition of this historic occasion, I am pleased to announce an additional UK bank holiday next year.
“I look forward to seeing people coming together to honor King Charles III. to celebrate and pay tribute to him by attending local and national events across the country in his honor.”
Looking ahead, most of Scotland remains unsettled well into the second half of the month.
For the period 21 May to 4 June, the Met Office long term forecast adds: ‘Confidence over this period is typically low but variable weather appears the most likely outcome at this point.
“Most areas are likely to experience some periods of unsettled weather, as well as periods of drier and lighter weather. Above average temperatures are slightly more likely than below average.”
Parts of south Glasgow were engulfed in downpours on Saturday as King Charles and Queen Camilla left Westminster Abbey in London.
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