Brits will have to reach for their brollies again this weekend with torrential rain expected to soak the country from Saturday morning.
Cloud and outbreaks of rain were expected to creep in by mid-morning today, with forecasters warning the wet weather was here to stay despite it being the height of summer.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said “no one was immune” to the downpours expected to hit the country this weekend.
The morning will bring a dose of heavy rain to areas of northern England, southern Scotland and Wales, she said.
“It’s this pulse here which will move toward the northern counties of England and the eastern counties of England throughout the afternoon, the Midlands as well.”
Other regions could expect isolated showers over the course of the day.
These would be heavy in some areas, with a small chance of thunderstorms.
Temperatures over the course of the day would hover around 23C, Ms Nasir said.
A welcome dose of sunshine was expected on Sunday morning, though it isn’t likely to stick around long.
The afternoon is forecast to bring more showers to most regions, with heavier rain expected later in the day.
“Sunday is looking like a fairly unsettled day, with a fair amount of cloud and further showers,” Ms Nasir continued.
“This will turn heavy as we head through the afternoon, particularly for Scotland, northern Ireland, northern England and Wales, as well as the west country.”
The rain is set to continue on into the new week, signalling a miserable end to July.
Monday might start off dry, but persistent rain is once again likely to settle in by the afternoon.
Earlier this week, the Met Office said the UK could be on track for one of the 20 coldest July months since record-keeping began in 1884.
Meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told the Mirror: “It would maybe be in the top 20, but we do have another 10 days left in the month.”
She added: “It certainly hasn’t been a write-off, this month. There have been days of summer sunshine but there has been a good bit of cloud and rain too.
“We had such a nice spring and start of summer, we had the sunniest spring on record for he UK earlier this year and quite a dry spring as well.
“Sunshine isn’t guaranteed in the British Isles. It’s really just kind of a typical summer month.
“For most of the UK it’s been slightly cooler than average but also drier than average. We’re probably looking at 2C cooler than average.”
At this time of year, the UK’s average daily maximum temperature is 19C while England’s is 21C.
Starting cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some heavy in the north, or drizzle. This clearing to sunny intervals and showers through the morning, although further heavy rain affecting the far south-east this afternoon. Risk of thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
Further heavy showers and some thunderstorms this evening, slowly dying out, but further showers in the west. Clear spells in the east with a few fog patches in the north-east.
Wet and windy in the far northwest of Scotland, else sunny intervals and scattered showers, with some southern and eastern parts mainly dry.
Rain for many on Monday, heavy in places. Breezy with sunny spells and showers thereafter, though mainly dry in the south. Humid in the south on Monday, otherwise rather cool.