Temperatures are expected to drop to as low as 10C after days of hot weather around the UK.

Sunseekers basked in highs of 28C over the weekend, but a period of cooler weather is coming in with some places seeing heavy rain.

The warm end to May confirmed a significant milestone for the UK with the nation recording its sunniest spring since records began in 1929.

The Met Office recorded more than 573 hours of sunshine between March 1 and May 27, beating the previous record of 555.3 hours which was set in 1948.

But the start of summer will feel more like spring with temperatures set to "take a tumble", according to the Met Office.

Beaches like Brighton are unlikely to be as busy as recent days as the heat cools off

On Tuesday, the highest recorded temperature was 27C in Gosport in Hampshire.

Showers are expected in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and Wales on Wednesday, with temperatures unlikely to climb any higher than 20C in most places.

In many parts, including the South West and Midlands, the maximum temperature could be as low as 11C or 12C, and further north the mercury could struggle to get above 10C.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: "Big changes with the weather for Wednesday. Compared to recent days it's going to be much, much cooler, some places five, maybe ten degrees lower.

"It's also going to be a lot cloudier and in some places there will be some wet weather as well, that rain fairly heavy."

It's rain for much of the country in today's forecast
People doing their daily exercise may want to pack an umbrella

Met Office forecaster Matthew Box added there will be a "range of temperatures", adding that some places could experience a 10-degree drop.

"We're saying goodbye to the prolific temperatures of mid-20s almost nationwide, and now we're seeing something returning much more to normal, or even actually quite cold for the time of year to be honest, depending on where you are in the UK," he said.

The highest temperature of the year so far was 28.3C recorded in the Highlands of Scotland on May 29.

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK

Today:

Although some southernmost areas could start bright and fairly warm, cloudy skies will continue southwards, accompanied by outbreaks of rain, heavy in places.

Brighter skies follow to the north and far west later. Much cooler and breezy for many.

Tonight:

Rain and showers clearing southern areas, leaving quite a lot of dry, cool conditions.

The odd shower continuing to affect some areas, especially exposed parts of Scotland.

Thursday:

A mixed day: some sunshine but equally quite a lot of cloud, and a cool northerly breeze.

Many areas seeing one or two showers, the odd heavier one by afternoon.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:

Becoming wet and very windy across the north Friday, extending south turning to heavy showers for many Saturday.

Sunny spells in the north Sunday, but showers elsewhere. Cool.