THE bleak British summer will continue in miserable style this weekend – with thunderstorms set to batter the country.
Forecasters have predicted grim weather today, Saturday and Sunday as millions brace for 60 mile per hour winds, flash floods and lightning.
Up to four inches of rain will fall in some places, with a yellow warning in place between north-east Scotland and the English Midlands today.
Tomorrow is also set to be utterly dreary, with a warning for thunderstorms between the Highlands in the north and Powys, Wales in the south.
But the Met Office says almost anywhere could be hit by severe downpours — with an inch of rain in an hour a possibility.
Spokesman Grahame Madge said: “I think everywhere can expect to see quite heavy showers.
"We know the footprint of where we think the heaviest rainfall will be, but it’s like a boiling saucepan.
"You will get bubbles coming up — and trying to pinpoint where the next bubble will be is virtually impossible.”
Leading bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on this summer being the wettest on record, at 2-1.
The company also makes it 6-4 – from 3-1 – that this month ends as the most miserable August ever.
"We're in for a rough few days ahead and with torrential rain set to fall in many parts of the UK, we could be set for the wettest August on record," said Coral's John Hill.
"It's been a wet summer so far and if things continue, it may end as one of the wettest ever."
Temperatures will also stay low.
The mercury will also struggle to climb above 19C or 20C across Saturday and Sunday.
But there's brighter news on the way for families planning staycations during the summer holidays.
A plume of heat from Africa is set to blow in soon, bringing with it roasting temperatures.
The sunshine may begin as early as next week.
Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “There are tentative signs of an improvement in the middle third of August.
“High pressure may build towards the UK from the Azores, but there is a lot of uncertainty about this."
He said the driest weather will probably be in the south and east, but a heightened risk of heavy showers or thunderstorms means "local variations could be large", The Mirror reports.
He added: “Temperatures should be above average, aggregated over the period. In the second half, the chance of settled and very warm periods increases.”
The Met Office’s forecast predicts “a drier and warmer than average period from the middle of August” with "above average temperatures".
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