Sunny spring days will be but a distant memory for Brits next week as some seriously gloomy weather settles over the UK.
After drizzle across Wales and central and southern England over the weekend, snatches of sunshine on bank holiday Monday and highs of up to 18C may give some the chance to break out the barbecue.
“A good deal of dry weather is expected on Monday with most areas only seeing some isolated showers and mild temperatures, widely in the mid-teens,” Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist David Oliver said.
Sadly it won’t be long before the rain returns with a vengeance.
T-shirts and sunglasses will have to be swapped for coats and umbrellas from Tuesday onwards, as central and southern areas look to bear the brunt of the cloud and showers.
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Wednesday is set to be a particularly miserable day with heavy rain concentrated on central and southern regions.
However things could start to look up from Thursday with some brighter and warmer weather expected.
After a sunny start to the month, the tail end of April seemed to wipe out all progress towards spring with icy temperatures setting in as soon as the sun went down.
“Each night since April 18th somewhere in the UK has seen the mercury dip to below zero,” the Met Office said, adding that Saturday night was set to be the first without frost in quite some time.
Here’s hoping that May continues the trend!
UK forecast for the next 5 days
Cloudy for most with rain mainly in south.
Cloudy for most with rain and drizzle at times, particularly Wales, south and central England. Becoming drier over Scotland and Northern Ireland with cloud breaking, though perhaps a few showers then developing. Cold under cloud and rain in south.
Mostly cloudy with plenty of low cloud and some fog developing, particularly over Northern Ireland, Wales, central and southern England. Rain and drizzle persisting in south but mostly dry elsewhere.
Low cloud and fog lifting during the morning, slowest in the south, with some breaks developing. Scattered showers developing by day. Warmer in south and central parts than Sunday.
Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Rather cloudy with scattered showers, heaviest and most widespread across central and southern areas on Wednesday. Drier, brighter and warmer for many on Thursday.