Brits are facing a washout for the first half of August with torrential rain and thunderstorms set to put a dampner on holiday plans.

It has been an unsettled summer so far for much of the country with some sunny spells few and far between showers and flooding - and it looks likely to carry on into August.

Holidaymakers planning a staycation rather than risking Covid restrictions by going abroad will have to work hard to dodge the showers over the next week.

The Met Office said: “The unsettled, changeable conditions continue to dominate the picture for the first half of August.

“A mixture of sunny spells and showers, with some drier interludes, is the general pattern expected at the start of August for all. Some of these showery spells may merge to give slightly longer spells of rain.

It has been an unsettled start to the summer and it is likely to continue for the next couple of weeks with plenty of rain (

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"At first, scattered showers for most, with some thunderstorms likely to develop from these. Torrential downpours are likely in some places. Winds generally remaining breezy, with temperatures expected to be near to average, perhaps slightly above average in northern areas.”

The outlook is expected to improve around the middle of August and it could even be warmer than normal.

The Met Office predicted: “Towards the middle of the month, it will likely turn more settled, though a few showers cannot be ruled out, especially in southeastern areas. Becoming drier than recently, with sunny spells for most, temperatures trending above average.”

But forecasters are remaining cautious about promising any sunny weather ahead.

"Whilst there are current signals of a drier and warmer than average period from the middle of August, occasional spells of more unsettled weather, primarily in the northwest, remains possible," said the Met Office.

"Accompanying this is a low risk of short-lived thundery spells, these mainly in southeastern parts. Confidence through this period remains low at present.

"However, most should see dry and fine weather. Above average temperatures continue to be indicated through the remainder of August, with possibly even very warm conditions at times in southern areas."

Holidaymakers staying in the UK are going to need to dodge the showers (

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UK forecast for the next 5 days

Today:

Sunny spells for most areas, though parts of northern Scotland and England starting off rather cloudy. Scattered showers will break out over parts of England and Wales this afternoon, especially over southern England where some heavy showers likely.

Tonight:

Daytime showers soon easing this evening and then a generally dry night with clear spells will follow. Cooler than of late for most overnight.

Warmer weather is being predicted for mid-August but forecasters are being cautious about how much sun there will be (

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Monday:

Sunny spells and feeling quite pleasant. Dry for many, but scattered afternoon showers will affect parts of England and Wales, especially southern England where some showers may be heavy.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Scattered showers for England and Northern Ireland on Tuesday, otherwise many areas dry. Showers becoming heavier Wednesday with a risk of thunder. Windy with more persistent rain Thursday. Temperatures recovering.