Anyone nervously approaching the bank holiday weekend and fearing the typical washout can rest easy tonight with the latest forecasts coming out.
The Met Office and BBC are both forecasting a weekend (and week) with no rain in the Bristol area, with some long hours of sunshine and temperatures hovering around the low 20Cs.
As the nights begin to draw in, forecasters have updated their forecasts into next Friday, September 3.
Both suggest we are in for sunny intervals with lots of cloud and not a drop of rain.
It’s only in the Met Office’s long-range UK forecast that some showers and rain are expected in western areas as we approach the second week of September.
There is then less confidence in forecasts towards the middle of September, with tropical storm activity continuing.
What the Met Office says
For the Met Office, Saturday will see lots of sun in the morning with cloud rolling in over the course of the afternoon, with the mercury heading to 22C
Sunday will be sunny in Bristol, so if you’re not heading out of the city, you’ll be able to enjoy parks, gardens and riverside spots in the 21C peak heat.
Bank holiday Monday will start cloudy, with the sun bursting through in the afternoon (22C).
Tuesday to Thursday sees a gradual move towards more overcast and darker skies, with a some sunny intervals on Tuesday with Wednesday being cloudy. Thursday becomes more overcast with a bit of sun later on. Temperature highs of 20C on these three days.
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What the BBC says
Saturday will see sunny intervals with highs of 20C, with the best of the weather forecast for Sunday with lots of sun in a gentle breeze (20C).
Monday sees sunny intervals again (20C), with that cloud moving in on Tuesday to Thursday, with occasional busts of sunshine next Friday (20C).
Again, no rain is forecast at all for the next seven days.
Met Office long-range forecast
Wednesday, September 1 to Friday, September 10: High pressure likely to hang on at first bringing a continuation of largely fine and dry weather. The centre of the high is likely to remain to the northwest of the UK.
To start, this period will likely see the best of any sunshine in the west or northwest with more cloud in the east and the chance of a very isolated slight shower along North Sea Coasts.
Continuing through this period, winds likely light to moderate, but fresh for North Sea coasts. Temperatures likely to be near average for most, but below average and cool in eastern regions under the influence of the fresh northeastly breeze with more persistent coastal cloud. Perhaps turning less settled in some western areas later with some showers and longer spells of rain.
Saturday, September 11 to Saturday, September 25: Confidence decreases into this period, partly due to possible continued heightened tropical storm activity.
However, there is an increasing signal for a more unsettled spell, the focus for this likely to be toward the west or northwest of the UK, with the south and southeast perhaps holding on to drier weather.
These less settled conditions are likely to continue through Mid-September, before a trend toward drier weather late in the month, especially across the south. Temperatures are likely to be near to or a little above average for the time of year.