The recent sunny spell in Greater Manchester has been brought to an abrupt end with rain arriving today.

Over the last week the region has been enjoying temperatures above 20C, clear blue skies and wall-to-wall sunshine.

But this morning rainshowers have made an appearance.

According to Met Office forecasters the rain will clear southwards into the afternoon, but it will remain cloudy.

Temperatures will be a lot cooler in comparison to the start of the week as a northeasterly breeze strengthens throughout the day.

Forecasters have said to expect highs of around 16C.

Overnight it will be largely dry, although there could be an odd shower.

The breeze will begin to ease, with temperatures dipping to around 3C.

On Thursday morning it will be dry, but cloudy.

Umbrellas will be needed again with rain arriving this week

The rain showers will arrive later in the morning and are forecast to fall across the region.

Compared to Wednesday, there will be heavier bursts of rain and they will last for longer.

However, there will also be some periods of dry and bright spells.

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Temperatures are expected to reach highs of around 15C.

Forecasters have said the wet weather will continue into the weekend.

On Friday it will be cloudy, with strong winds and rain arriving later.

Temperatures will be around the 13C, significantly cooler than the week before.

Heavy showers and thunder could potentially arrive on Saturday, while the strong winds continue.

There will be a slight improvement on Sunday, with the wind easing but rainshowers still around.

According to the Met Office experts, the sunshine is not going to make a return for quite some time.

The start of June will see a mixture of sunny spells and showers across most of the UK.

A statement on the Met Office website said: "The showers will be most frequent in the north and east, along with some longer spells of rain. The best of the drier conditions should be seen in the south and west, with plenty of bright or sunny spells.

"Into the second half of the period, the changeable conditions should continue with further showers and perhaps longer spells of rain, mostly confined to the north and east.

"Generally, rather cool at the start of the period, particularly in the north and east. Temperatures could start to recover to average in the south and west towards the end of the period."