Summer in sight! Britons face three days of wind damp and dismal weather… before sunny 70F highs over glorious Bank Holiday weekend
- The UK is facing three more days of patchy rain over the next three days before things start to get warmer
- Heavy rain in the South West will be replaced by patchier showers this afternoon with longer dry spells
- Bookmakers have slashed the odds on June being the hottest on record as the sun returns next weekend
Britain is set to face four more days of rain before the weather begins to pick up by the end of the week in time for the bank holiday.
Heavy rain in the South West — which could see new rainfall records set for May in Devon and Wales — will be replaced by lighter, patchier showers this afternoon with longer dry spells.
But most of the country is still suffering under downpours, with vast areas of the north seeing lows of single digits as the country continues through one of the wettest Mays on record.
Daytime temperatures are predicted to be in the mid-single figures for much of the UK over the first weekend that people in England have been able to meet in larger groups outside, and outdoor events resumed.
Some northern regions in Scotland have even seen snow this morning and could see frost tomorrow morning. Forecasters have said northern Scotland and Northern Ireland are likely to see the best of the sunshine on Sunday.
And by the end of the week the sun is expected to return, with highs of 70F (21C) expected by the bank holiday weekend.
Britons are enjoying a brief respite from the rain and braving the cold weather outside pubs in parts of England today but the country is set to face more showers and cold weather over the next week. Pictured: A Brentford fan sits outside a pub in London today
Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said more settled springtime weather is predicted for the following week.
She added: ‘We’re pointing towards seeing things settling down from the middle of next week onwards, particularly in the south.
‘There is a good deal of uncertainty in the forecast, but we’re hoping by the end of May we will have much drier and settled weather across the UK.’
She said the long-term forecast suggests June will be much drier than May.
‘The most likely scenario at the moment is looking like predominantly dry weather, at quite a contrast to what we’ve seen with the wet weather in May, so that would be an improvement,’ she added.
In Newcastle, revellers braved the heavy downpours as they took to the city centre and prepared to celebrate with their friends last night
Revellers braved the wind and rain as they walking into Manchester city centre and prepared to enjoy their first Friday night since lockdown rules were relaxed to allow people inside at pubs and bars
Despite the torrential rain, revellers took to the streets of Newcastle (left) and Manchester (right) to enjoy a night out
Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 2-1 (from 4-1) on the next month being the hottest June on record in the UK as early forecasts point to brighter weather.
Coral is offering 5-4 for this summer to be the hottest ever in the UK.
Coral’s John Hill said ‘We are set for a miserable end to May but once we get into June, it could be the start of a heatwave.
‘We have slashed the odds on next month being a record hot June, while the betting also suggests we are in for a sizzling summer this year.’
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