The eagerly-awaited return of pubs in England looks set to be dampened by rain and storms - but there is some good news.

Large parts of the UK will be overcast today, and a weather warning is in place on Sunday - with a 60mph 'weather bomb' set to hit.

The Met Office says there will be rain today across Western England and Wales, but areas in the east will avoid the worst of the rainfall.

London, Birmingham and the North East are expected to stay mostly dry, which will be a relief to those taking advantage of beer gardens for the first time since March.

In the South East, where it is expected to be cloudy but dry, the Met Office says.

Some parts of the country will reach 20C as experts warn of a disappointing summer to come.

Forecasters predict 60mph winds in Northern England and Scotland on Sunday

The North West, expected to be cloudy all day, will see highs of 17C.

In the North East it will be slightly warmer, but could see some rain.

The Midlands will see some drizzle, but will nevertheless be humid, while the South East will see some bright spells and highs of 20C.

Drinkers are advised to stay indoors in large parts of England

Tomorrow yellow weather warnings are in place, with gusts of up to 60mph in the north and 50mph in the south.

A “mediocre” July was forecast by The Weather Outlook.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze told Blowing Hot and Cold videochat: “Bad weather as lockdown eases is ironic after a great spring with people indoors. July looks mediocre.”

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “The Atlantic is expected to dominate until mid-month, with approaching the end of July seeing longer drier spells and transient heat before fresher Atlantic air returns.

Drinkers queue up in Birmingham for their first pint since March

“Frost would not be a surprise in the most prone Scottish Glens early this coming week.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “Cool, blustery conditions on Monday for all follow Sunday's wet and very windy weather clearing the North.

“A North-South split is then most likely, with rain and strong winds in the North, possibly spreading to other areas, with the South drier.

Parts of Western England will endure wind and rain today

“July 18 to August 1 favours a more settled regime, but with the risk of occasional bouts of rain and temperatures generally average or slightly below, with any warm weather short-lived.”

AccuWeather said: “Summer's rainy spells limit potential for prolonged periods of above-normal temperatures.
“Summer will play out as the opposite of last summer, when most had long stretches of dry conditions.”