Brits are bracing for a washout weekend with torrential rain set to lash the country amid warnings the miserable weather will stretch until June.
The Met Office has said that miserable May is not likely to get any better in the coming days with heavy rain and thunderstorms set to batter the country.
While Friday will see downpours staying largely along the coast, as the weekend gets under way most parts of the UK will see torrential downpours.
Forecaster Alex Deakin said: “The weather continues a messy pattern across the UK with most places looking fairly cloudy for much of Friday.
“But a few spots will see some sunshine. There will again be some heavy showers developing but not as many as recent days and for quite a few Friday should be a dry day.”
He added: “There is more wet weather in the offing towards towards the weekend.”
On Friday temperatures will begin in single digits for much of the day and there will be sporadic showers, mostly hitting coastal regions all across the south and west of the country.
Highs will reach 17 C in the south towards the end of the day.
But by the weekend forecasters have warned of torrential weather for many parts of the UK, with only Scotland spared the full force of the downpour.
Forecasters at the Met Office warned Brits to expect ‘a lot of showers’ which will be ‘heavy and thundery.’
Temperatures are also expected to be below average and just barely rising into double digits across the UK.
It comes after forecasters warned that the unsettled weather, which has marred much of spring, will drag on for at least the next 10 days, and possibly even beyond then.
Heavy showers and more thunderstorms are likely to be a fixture for a few weeks with the mercury reaching no higher than 18C, the Met Office said.
Forecaster Marco Petagna earlier 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.”
A cloudy start for all with some sunny spells developing by day. Staying dry for most in the north and east but across southern England, Wales and particularly Northern Ireland some showers breaking out by day.
Rain arriving from the southwest with some heavy bursts and moving northeast overnight. Much of Scotland and northern England staying dry. Cool in the far north.
Cloudy with rain across much of the UK to start. This breaking down to showers again by day, heaviest in the south and west. Northern Scotland faring best.
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday
Remaining changeable with sunny spells and scattered showers which will be locally heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, particularly in the south. Remaining rather cool.