Met Office weather – Rain-soaked Brits face another weekend washout before three-day 24C mini-heatwave hits

RAIN-SOAKED Brits face yet another weekend washout with torrential downpours and chilly temperatures.

But the weather will take a turn for the better the following week with a three-day 24C mini heatwave.

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Gale force winds of up to 60mph will batter the UK today and tomorrow.

Yellow weather warnings are in place for southwestern England and eastern Wales where travel disruption is "likely".

The Met Office has warned people living near coasts to brace themselves for strong gusts, at least until 9pm on Friday.

More than a month's worth of rain has already lashed the country in the past two weeks – just as lockdown rules started to lift.

But this week's high winds will bring more heavy rain, potentially with some thunder and stormy conditions.

Much of the UK can expect significant rainfall, with between 40mm and 60mm expected in places today alone.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Dan Suri said: "The low pressure system moving in from the west is going to bring some heavy rain across much of the UK from Thursday and into Friday. 

"With wind looking to be strongest in southern coastal areas, as well as Wales, there’s a chance of some disruption to travel plans and potential damage to temporary structures, such as tents and marquees."

Temperatures will struggle to reach above the low to mid-teens throughout the rest of the week and across the weekend, with things feeling "rather cool".

Forecasters say it won't be any warmer than 15C, "but that's before any rainfall and wind sets in".

There is even a possibility of hill snow in norther Scotland on Friday.

But things are looking up from next week with "signs of drier conditions tocome", according to the Met Office.

Mr Suri added: "There are some glimmers of hope in the forecast into next week, with more settled weather possible from Tuesday.

"In areas of prolonged sunshine, we should be seeing some quite pleasant conditions, but night temperatures will continue to stay stubbornly low."

Weather maps from The Weather Outlook and NetWeather show the mercury could climb to 24C from June 1 to 3.

It will be warmest in the south on June 2, with London forecast to enjoy a balmy 22C and Kent 23C.

But this could rise to highs of 24C on June 3 – while other southern regions including Cornwall may see 21C.

Even further north in Leeds it could get as hot as 20C, so it will be sunbathing all round.

And giving hope for the rest of the summer, Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said "above average temperatures" could engulf Britain for the rest of June and beyond.

He said: "Seasonal models on balance suggest above average temperatures taken over the June, July and August period as a whole.

"At this stage a warmer than average summer is still favoured, but due to cool conditions dominating in recent weeks the confidence in that outcome is lower than it was despite updates from the seasonal models.

"Uncertainty about rainfall levels is high, although the latest updates to the seasonal models have increased the probability of it being drier than the average."

Bookies are already taking bets that it'll be the bleakest May on record, with Coral setting the odds at 1-4.

"The rain is showing no signs of letting up and as we head towards summer, we have now cut the odds on next month being our wettest June since records began," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

"A Great British washout is destined to re-write the record books for rainfall and this month is already odds on to be our wettest May."

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