Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna has poured cold water on hopes that temperatures could rise back to 22C by the weekend after next, saying rainy weather will be here until June
Stormy downpours are set to blight Britain until at least early June with temperatures unlikely to reach higher than the teens, the Met Office has said.
Miserable May is set to bring yet more wet weather in a damp squib as Britain finally emerges from a long Covid lockdown.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said the unsettled weather which has characterised much of spring will continue for at least the next 10 days, and possibly beyond.
Heavy showers and more thunderstorms are likely to be a fixture for a few weeks with the mercury reaching no higher than 18C.
Mr Petagna also said there is also a risk of a rain warning being issued before the end of the week.
Some weather charts have suggested the May 22 and 23 weekend could see bumper temperatures of 22C, but Mr Petagna said this is unlikely.
He told the Mirror: “The longer range forecast suggests that by early June there’s a hint of things becoming drier and more settled.
“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.”
Mr Petagna added England and Wales will most likely have the worst of the wet weather in the near future.
The Met Office’s long-range forecast from Thursday to May 22 warns of an “unsettled theme” with “longer spells of rain” as well as strong winds and thunderstorms.
However, with the coming of summer, “the formation of overnight frosts [is] becoming unlikely”.
Today, persistent rain will linger in the chilly South West of England, while heavy showers are set to hit the Midlands and Wales with the risk of thunder.
Bookmaker Coral, meanwhile, makes this summer odds-on at 1-2 to be the hottest on record in the UK as longer-term forecasts point to sizzling temperatures.
Persistent rain continuing parts of southwest England, chilly here. Elsewhere a mix of sunny spells and showers, heaviest of these across the Midlands into east Wales and over Northern Ireland with the risk of thunder. Generally cloudier in the northeast.
Showers dying out for most of the UK though still some rain for parts of central and southern England and south Wales. Cool in the north.
Mostly dry and fine but fairly cloudy for eastern and northern parts. Wales, southern England and Northern Ireland seeing sunny spells and showers – heavy and thundery in Northern Ireland.
Outlook for Saturday to Monday
Sunny spells and showers, often heavy with a risk of thunder, becoming increasingly widespread. Light winds, moderate to fresh in the far south. Temperatures a little below average overall.