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UK weather forecast today – Week-long washout to continue as Britain faces one of the wettest Mays on record

BRITAIN faces one of the wettest Mays on record as the week-long washout continues.

Torrential downpours and thunderstorms will batter much of the UK this week after many endure a wet Sunday outside the pub today.

By Friday there had been 91 per cent of the expected rainfall for the entire month, with 63.5mm having fallen already.

So if things stay as wet as have been, May 2021 could beat the record 131.7mm in 1967.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said even if the record is not broken, it will be a "notably wet month".

Temperatures are unlikely to reach the high teens and will remain lower than average for the time of year, the Met Office has warned.

Forecaster Marco Petagna said the unsettled weather will continue for at least the next 10 days, but possibly beyond that.

"The longer-range forecast suggests that by early June there's a hint of things becoming drier and more settled," Mr Petagna told the Mirror.

He added: "Before that, temperatures could reach close to or above the average. Most likely it will be the mid to high teens - 17 or 18C.

"It looks unsettled for the next week or so. The next 10 days are quite mixed. That means showers and longer spells of rain."

Read our weather live blog below for the latest updates...

  • BRITAIN COLDER THAN FINLAND

    Britain will be colder than FINLAND today while a week of rain will fall in a day as a thunderstorms lash the country

    Punters will brave one final pint in the pouring rain as below-average temperatures and torrential thunderstorms batter the majority of the UK before pubs finally reopen indoors tomorrow.

    Temperatures will only reach as high as 16C today - while usually freezing Finland will bask in temperatures in the 20s.

    Forecaster Matt Taylor from the BBC said: "It’s even warmer in Finland than it is here in the UK where temperatures are well down on where they should be for this stage in the month."

  • FLOOD ALERTS IN FORCE

    There are four flood alerts in force in England today.

    Flooding is possible and residents should be prepared in River Ray, Wiltshire, and its tributaries from Shipton Lee, Buckinghamshire, to and including Islip, Oxfordshire.

    An alert is also in place on the River Tove in Northamptonshire, the Upper River Great Ouse in Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and West Somerset Streams - the Horner Water, Rivers Aller and Washford, and the Hawkcombe, Monksilver and Doniford Streams and tributaries.

  • HERE WE GO AGAIN

    The Met Office has summed up what Brits can expect today with a simple: "Here we go again."

    Forecasters warn there are more heavy showers on the way, heaviest over the south west.

  • WEEKEND WASHOUT

    Groups braved the wind and rain for a walk along the seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset yesterday.

    Soaked Brits were snapped wearing waterproof jackets and carrying umbrellas during the heavy showers.

  • FORECAST TODAY

    It looks as though today will be another wet one with drizzle and heavy showers throughout the UK.

    But some lucky Brits will see the sun, even if only for a short time.

    The Met Office said: "Cloudy in the far north with some drizzle, else another day of sunshine and showers, these heavy in places with a risk of hail and thunder, particularly in central areas."

  • MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY

    Sunday:

    Cloudy in the far north with some drizzle, else another day of sunshine and showers, these heavy in places with a risk of hail and thunder, particularly in central areas.

    Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

    Showers Monday and Tuesday; risk of hail and thunder at first. Cloudier in the north with rain Tuesday. Many areas drier Wednesday, with only a scattering of showers.

  • LOTS OF RAIN, SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS FOR SUNDAY – MET OFFICE

    The Met Office said: “Part 2 of the weekend will bear many similarities to that of part one:

    “Lots of showers, some heavy and thundery. Mostly cloudy across the Northern Isles. Temperatures somewhat disappointing.

    “But generally windier in the far south than on Saturday.”

  • TORRENTIAL RAIN STORMS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL JUNE

    The Met Office has warned torrential rain storms could continue for the rest of the month with temperatures unlikely to reach the high teens.

    Forecaster Marco Petagna said the unsettled weather will continue for at least the next 10 days but possibly beyond that.

    “The longer-range forecast suggests that by early June there’s a hint of things becoming drier and more settled,” Mr Petagna told the Mirror.

    Weather charts have claimed that temperatures could reach highs of 22C next weekend but Mr Petagna said this is unlikely.

    He added: “Before that, temperatures could reach close to or above the average. Most likely it will be the mid to high teens – 17 or 18C. It looks unsettled for the next week or so. The next 10 days are quite mixed. That means showers and longer spells of rain.”

  • BBC FORECASTER SAYS ITS WARMER IN FINLAND THAN IN UK

    Forecaster Matt Taylor from the BBC said: “It’s even warmer in Finland than it is here in the UK where temperatures are well down on where they should be for this stage in the month.

    “And to go with that cool feel there’s more rain in the forecast this afternoon and particularly tomorrow with some nasty thundery downpour expected.”

    Tomorrow, there will be sunny spells but also frequent showers throughout the day, especially in central and southern areas. 

  • WEEKEND WASHOUT IN BEER GARDENS AHEAD OF INDOOR HOSPITALITY REOPENING

    Brits are facing a final weekend washout in rainy beer gardens before pubs finally reopen indoors on Monday.

    Punters will brave one final pint in the pouring rain as below-average temperatures and torrential thunderstorms batter the majority of the UK this weekend.

    Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are set to bring some local travel disruption to Northern Ireland this evening.

  • STORMS AND DOWNPOURS COULD SPARK POLLEN BOMB MISERY FOR MILLION OF HAY FEVER SUFFERERS

    Millions of hay fever suffering Brits have suffered this week as storms and downpours spark a pollen bomb.

    Across the country there will be high levels of tree pollen circulating – especially in the South.

    Over the next few days the UK is set to be hit by rain, with the Met Office reminding people today it’s not just warm temperatures that can cause pollen levels to soar.

    The experts said pollen levels can be high even after rain, explaining: “During a thunderstorm¸ high humidity can split pollen grains, releasing a higher density of pollen into the surrounding air.

    “Any rainfall causes a marked decrease in pollen concentration in the air, but the time and amount that it rains during the day is very important. Early, heavy and prolonged rain is likely to keep counts low all day whereas rain in the afternoon will have less of an impact.”

  • BBC WEATHER 10 DAY FORECAST

  • IN PICTURES: OMINOUS EVENING CLOUDS BEHIND FAIR GROUND IN PUTNEY, LONDON

  • AMANDA HOLDEN BRAVES THE NIPPY WEATHER IN LONDON IN A MINT GREEN DRESS

    Amanda Holden braves the nippy weather in London in a mint green dress
  • MET OFFICE WEATHER FORECAST FOR SUNDAY TO WEDNESDAY

    Sunday:

    Cloudy in the far north with some drizzle, else another day of sunshine and showers, these heavy in places with a risk of hail and thunder, particularly in central areas.

    Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

    Showers Monday and Tuesday; risk of hail and thunder at first. Cloudier in the north with rain Tuesday. Many areas drier Wednesday, with only a scattering of showers.

  • STORMS AND DOWNPOURS COULD SPARK POLLEN BOMB MISERY FOR MILLION OF HAY FEVER SUFFERERS

    Millions of hay fever suffering Brits have suffered this week as storms and downpours spark a pollen bomb.

    Across the country there will be high levels of tree pollen circulating – especially in the South.

    Over the next few days the UK is set to be hit by rain, with the Met Office reminding people today it’s not just warm temperatures that can cause pollen levels to soar.

    The experts said pollen levels can be high even after rain, explaining: “During a thunderstorm¸ high humidity can split pollen grains, releasing a higher density of pollen into the surrounding air.

    “Any rainfall causes a marked decrease in pollen concentration in the air, but the time and amount that it rains during the day is very important. Early, heavy and prolonged rain is likely to keep counts low all day whereas rain in the afternoon will have less of an impact.”

  • SUNDAY MORNING STARTING ON A SHOWERY NOTE FOR MANY - MET OFFICE

    The Met Office said: "Sunday morning will start on a showery note in a number of places, with some heavier downpours moving across southwest England."

  • WEEKEND WASHOUT IN BEER GARDENS AHEAD OF INDOOR HOSPITALITY REOPENING

    Brits are facing a final weekend washout in rainy beer gardens before pubs finally reopen indoors on Monday.

    Punters will brave one final pint in the pouring rain as below-average temperatures and torrential thunderstorms batter the majority of the UK this weekend.

    Scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms are set to bring some local travel disruption to Northern Ireland this evening.

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