UK weather latest: Temperature PLUMMETS as Met Office forecasts downpours across Britain

In June, Britain experienced its hottest day of the year so far as heatwave conditions were recorded across the UK. Temperatures often climbed higher than 30C in many areas of the country. However, for those hoping for the warm weather to return this week, the Met Office are predicting lots of rain in the forecast.

After heatwave conditions swept Britain, the Met Office issued a number of weather warnings for rain and thunder last week.

Sunday was confirmed to be the wettest day in June on record, according to Environment Agency figures.

There was 212.8mm (8.37in) of rain at Honister Pass in the Lake District, which is the equivalent of 10 weeks’ worth of rainfall in one day.

The previous record was also set at Honister Pass in 2012, when a record 208.4mm (8.2in) of rain fell.


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Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell told much of the UK will see more rain at some point this week.

Speaking about Wednesday’s forecast, Ms Mitchell said: “Overall it’s fairly cloudy this morning, some places will have some sunny spells especially in Scotland, but there’s also some rain.

“Outbreaks of rain across parts of the north and showers in the south, and showers in the south could be heavy at times as well.

“Quite a few places seeing a bit of rain at some point today, but the best of any sunny spells probably across northern Scotland and the far south of the UK.”

Although many areas will see rain today, temperatures will still be around the 20C mark for much of the country.

Ms Mitchell added: “In terms of temperatures we have highs of 23C today in the South East, which is about average for the time of year.

“But when you look back at last week it was 33C this time last week, so quite a big change there.


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“Tomorrow it looks like the northern half of the country staying largely dry with some sunny spells, further south again it’s going to be a mixture of heavy showers and some brighter spells.

“And where we see the brighter spells it’s going to feel quite humid in the south as well, temperatures fairly similar [to Wednesday] getting into the low 20s.”

Highs of 23C on Wednesday and Thursday are forecast, both in the South East.

But the Met Office is predicting a lot of rain is to come on Friday for much of the country.

Ms Mitchell also added there is no indication of “huge improvement or any signs of a heatwave” for later this week either.

Despite the rainy start to June, the bookmakers have recently slashed the odds on this summer being the hottest ever.

Ladbrokes now make it just a 4/6 shot that this summer enters the record books as the hottest ever.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “With another heatwave on its way, the odds suggest this could go down as a record-breaking summer on the weather front.”

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