Millions have their hopes of Bank Holiday sunshine dashed

Brace for the Bank Holiday washout: Millions heading out for weekend of revelry have their hopes of sunshine dashed with heavy downpours and chance of thunderstorms forecast

  • Revellers heading to Reading and Leeds festivals will need to take their wellies 

Brits hoping for a summery bank holiday have had their hopes dashed as the weekend is set to bring heavy showers and a risk of thunderstorms. 

Revellers heading to Notting Hill Carnival, Reading and Leeds Festivals will have to take their wellies as conditions are set to be constantly changeable. 

Sunny spells will be interspersed with rainy, windy and cloudy periods with temperatures hovering at average. 

Saturday looks set to be a washout, but conditions will settle a bit more for Sunday and Monday. 

But sunbathing for those looking forward to staycations over the long weekend is still off the cards as temperatures will bring highs of 20C and 21C. 

Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist Steven Keates said: ‘While showers are never too far away through the weekend, there will still be drier spells around and where there are breaks in the cloud on Sunday in the south it should feel quite pleasant.

Wet weather around London Bridge and Tower Bridge in London as rain hits the capital

Rainy conditions are set to continue into the Bank Holiday weekend, forecasters have said

Spells of rain will be interspersed with some sunnier spells – and it will continue into next week

‘Areas to the southeast will see fewer showers with more in the way of bright or sunny spells on Saturday and Sunday, though temperatures are likely to remain around average for the time of year. 

‘Areas further north and west will see more frequent showers, some of which will be heavy, and will at times extend south into central areas of England and Wales on Saturday and Sunday.’

‘Monday, which is a Bank Holiday for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will probably see band of showery rain clear from eastern England early in the day, with sunny spells and scattered showers following on for most places. 

‘There are no signals for significant heat in the current forecast period.’

In a further blow to Brits hoping for a last spell of summer, the Met Office says conditions are likely to remain unsettled into next week, with showers and longer spells of rain. 

Low lying cloud formations over the countryside at dawn today in Dunsden, Oxfordshire

People out and about in Greenwich Park in London enjoying a walk with their umbrellas up yesterday

Tonight there is expected to be heavy showers, which continue into tomorrow.

Saturday is another day of sunshine mixed with showers, but the showers could turn thundery, forecasters say. 

The outlook on Sunday and Monday is slightly better, with a bright start for most but cloudy in the north-west on Sunday. 

There will be plenty of sunny spells on Monday with some cloud possible at times and the odd light shower or patch of drizzle. 

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