The UK is bracing for heavy rain and plummeting temperatures this week as a bitter Arctic air hits.
As April draws to a close, cloud and rain will continue to move from northern Scotland south across the country.
The rain will continue for many areas through the end of the week and into the bank holiday weekend.
Tuesday saw heavy rain battering parts of the country with photos showing how high tides caused flooding at The Strood, Mersea Island, Essex.
Central and southern England may see more persistent rain on Wednesday and Thursday and there is even a chance there could be some snow over the Scottish mountains.
The early May bank holiday weather is likely to be more changeable than recently, with showers and cool temperatures for most of the UK instead of the clear sunny skies of recent days.
Cold air will hit this week as a northerly wind sweeps in from the Arctic, according to the Express.
Minimum temperature charts by WxCharts suggest thermometers could fall to as low as -2C in some parts of Scotland in the early hours of Thursday morning and -1C across northern parts of England.
The same map shows much of England, Wales and Northern Ireland falling to near freezing conditions.
“There will be rain or showers at times for many, which is likely to be welcomed by many farmers and gardeners after a dry April so far.
“However, as is the nature of showers, there will also be some good dry and sunny spells so it’s by no means a wash out.
“Temperatures are likely to remain near to or below the average for the time of year with temperatures by day not expected above 14 or 15°C.”
These less settled and showery conditions are expected to continue into next week, but with a chance of a spell of more widespread rain and stronger winds, especially across southern parts.
Temperatures are likely to remain cool for the time of year, the Met Office said.
UK Weather Forecast
Areas of rain in parts of central, south, and southwest UK. Heavy at times particularly in the south. Showers feeding into northern parts but good shelter in the west. Breezy in the east and feeling chilly for most.
Rain in the south becoming focussed in the far southeast where some heavy bursts continuing. Showers persisting in northern and northeastern parts. Dry elsewhere and chilly, particularly in west.
Any rain in far southeast soon clearing. Then sunny spells and showers, most frequent in north and northeast whilst southwest parts mostly dry. Staying cool and breezy in the east.
Friday to Sunday:
Sunny spells and scattered showers, which could be heavy with hail in a few places.
Mainly light winds. Rather cold by day; chilly nights and occasional air frost.