Floods, gales and even snow forecast for UK ahead of May Day

The dire outlook as the UK approaches May Day is for torrential rain, gales, floods, sleet and even snow.

The Met Office forecasts maximum temperatures of 6C, feeling colder in strong winds from the north, and has issued a yellow rain and wind warning for Sunday night and Monday morning covering London and the south-east, the east Midlands and the east coast as far north as Yorkshire.

Forecaster Becky Mitchell said the weather front across the south and east could bring frost, sleet and even snow on higher ground in the Chilterns and Pennines. Some places could get as much as their month’s rainfall from April in a day on Monday.

The dismal forecast comes barely a week after sunbathers covered every park and beach and runners sweltered their way through the Marathon during a mini-heatwave that included the hottest April day in 70 years when the temperature in the capital hit 29.1c.

The rain is predicted to be heavy enough to cause flooding and disrupt transport, and gusts of wind of up to 55mph are forecast, strong enough to cause road and bridge closures and bring down trees and other structures.



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