Sunshine for the bank holiday - but is the tail end of Hurricane Gaston on its way?

Pictured from left: A group of friends relax in the sun at the Hot Walls in  Portsmouth.
Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency
Pictured from left: A group of friends relax in the sun at the Hot Walls in Portsmouth. Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency
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Forecasters predict a sunny bank holiday for the Portsmouth area - but the weather could have a sting in its tail this week.

The Met Office says Hurricane Gaston is brewing in the far west of the Atlantic and moving towards the UK.

It could reach the UK on Friday bringing rain and wind, although severe weather is unlikely.

The regional forecast for London & South East England today is for plenty of sunshine and just a few light showers.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘A few light showers are possible today, but for most it will be a dry, bright and warm day. Long spells of sunshine will develop by the afternoon with any remaining light showers dying out. Maximum temperature 24 °C.

‘Tonight will see a dry end to the day with plenty of evening sunshine. Overnight, it will remain dry, clear, and mild, with light winds. Minimum temperature 14 °C.’

London is expected to be the warmest part of the country today. Despite it being cooler than some of the scorching temperatures from last week, little wind means it will feel warm.

For most people Tuesday will be sunny and warm again though the far west of Wales and England might see some showers.

On Wednesday and Thursday there might be a little bit of rain but it will be largely dry and warm.

Met Office operational meteorologist Martin Bowles said: ‘Monday is looking like a good day.

‘Most people are going to have dry weather with plenty of sunshine conducive to enjoying the Bank Holiday outside.

“The rest of the week is also looking quite good.

‘Hurricane Gaston’s exact track or even approximate track is not really known at the moment.

‘It is getting closer to us but it is unlikely to affect us.

‘If it does, it will just feel like a wet and windy autumn day which is normal as meteorological autumn starts on September 1.’