Manchester weather for May Bank holiday 2022: what is the Met Office forecast for May Day weekend?

The May Day bank holiday comes hot on the heels of the Easter break.

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Just a couple of weeks after the Easter bank holiday, which saw many enjoy a four day weekend, another bank holiday is upon us.

This is the May Day bank holiday, and is usually met by hot weather and glorious sunshine, but the Met Office is predicting cooler temperatures and overcast skies for this bank holiday.

Despite this one shaping up to be a poor one weather-wise, you will only have to wait around a month for the next bank holiday.

When is the May Day bank holiday?

This year, the May Day bank holiday falls on Monday, 2 May 2022, and means that many people up and down the country can enjoy a three day weekend.

When is the next bank holiday?

After the May Day bank holiday, the next bank holiday will come in June, and we will again have a four day weekend, for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It is the first time a British Monarch has reached this milestone, and large parts of the country will have Thursday, 2 June and Friday, 3 June off.

The bank holiday is to celebrate the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II reign as Queen of England.

What are the rest of the bank holidays this year?

May Day - 2 May

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - 2, 3 June

Summer bank holiday - 29 August

Boxing Day - 26 December

Christmas Day - 27 December

What will the weather be like in Manchester this bank holiday weekend?

  • Friday, 29 April

The day will start off promising, with cloudy weather broken up by sunny intervals, but it will not get much better than this. Overcast clouds will appear from around 1pm until sunset, where the night sky does slightly clear up. Low chance of rain.

Highs: 14C

Lows: 5C

  • Saturday, 30 April

A slight improvement as we move into Saturday, with steady, light clouds all day accompanied by a low chance of rain.

Highs: 14C

Lows: 6C

  • Sunday, 1 May

A carbon copy of the day before, culminating in a poor weekend overall. Steady cloud all day, with a 10 percent chance of rain.

Highs: 14C

Lows: 6C

  • Monday, 2 May

Cloudy start to the day with sunny intervals coming just before sunset. A low chance of rain.

Highs: 14C

Lows: 7C

What does the Met Office say for the rest of the week?

For Tuesday, April 26, they say: “Chilly but bright at first. Cloud will build from the east through the morning, though most places will stay dry throughout. Mostly light winds. Maximum temperature 14 °C.”

For the rest of the week from Wednesday to Friday, the Met Office says: “Largely dry and settled though often cloudy. Thursday is likely to be the brightest day. Risk of overnight frosts, turning warmer by the end of the week.”

What is the long-range weather forecast for the UK?

The Met Office has provided a long range weather forecast for the rest of April and the start of May, they say:

“The start of this period is most likely to be dry with variable clouds and some clear and sunny spells. Frosty mornings possible after colder nights for inland and rural areas. Most areas remain dry, but showers are possible in the north, and far south.

“Likely to be breezy in the southwest, and the south at times. The start of May could turn unsettled with the risk of some cooler air arriving from the north. Most places remain dry, but a few showers are likely at times particularly for the north and east, where they could be heavy.

“Winds generally light with the greatest chance of strong winds probably along the east coast. Temperatures near to or slightly below normal.”