Met Office weather – Coldest May Bank Holiday EVER as -5.9C recorded before snow, heavy rain and 70mph gales hit

TODAY is the UK’s Coldest May Bank Holiday EVER after the mercury plummeted to a chilly -5.9C this morning.

Meanwhile snowfall, heavy rain and 70mph gales are expected to hit later today.

The extra day off has been declared a "total washout" – and the wintry conditions look likely to continue for the rest of the week.

This morning's freezing -5.9C was recorded at Kinbrace in the Scottish Highlands.

That made it exactly as cold as it was this time in 2012 – which was the coldest on record.

Rain will fall from late morning until night for most throughout the UK.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “It will be a chilly Bank Holiday Monday.

“It looks disappointing, with unusually windy weather and rain sweeping across the country.”

And there will be sleet and snow on higher ground in the north, according to The Weather Outlook.

White showers could fall in northern England and parts of Scotland as temperatures plummet.

More than an inch is due to fall over the next 24 hours.

Temperatures will struggle to reach above 12C today, with many areas significantly below.

According to the Met Office temperatures at this time of year should range between 13C and 16C.

Meanwhile the Met Office has issued a Yellow Wind Warning coverings the south of England and Wales.

It will remain in place from midday today until 9am tomorrow.

Brutal winds will push 70mph in some areas, with the Met Office forecasting 65mph gusts near coasts in the south and up to 50mph in the north.

The Warning says Brits could expect delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

There could be damage to outdoor temporary structures, with some tree branches down too.

"It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves," the agency adds.

The weather has worsened for Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a band of low pressure from the Atlantic.

"It will be wetter and windier in the West in the morning and in the East in the afternoon," Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said.

The rainy conditions are expected to continue into the week and it seems like it will only start to warm up from mid May.

Meanwhile Ladbrooks have slashed their odds on this May being the wettest on record.

With Britain set to be battered by heavy storms over the coming days, the bookies have cut odds from 3/1 to just 5/2 on this going down as the wettest May ever.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely this could go down as a record-breaking wet May if the latest odds are anything to go by.

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