THE miserable weather will continue in force tomorrow with 'nasty' thunderstorms and hail expected – and this May is set to be the wettest ever.
The month looks set to be a complete wash-out, with plenty more rain forecast before gales from the Atlantic blast in ahead of the end of the week.
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And bookies are already taking bets that it'll be the bleakest May on record – with poor weather expected again in June.
So far this month, an average of 2.7 inches of rain has fallen in the UK.
The wettest May on record was in 1967, when 5.2ins fell in total.
Met Office meteorologist Sarah Kent warned Brits not to put their raincoats away yet – and said the month has been a "shock to the system" after an unusually dry April.
"It has really been very wet – nearly all of April's showers have turned up in May," she said.
"It's been very showery and the first three days of this week will be the same.
"There'll be sunny spells in some areas – but brewing up are torrential showers and thunderstorms."
The north will see some of the worst weather today before storms drift through central and southern England and finally give the east a drenching.
People in Wales and western Scotland are set to enjoy the best weather in the coming days, with bright spells forecast between showers.
And tomorrow will be little better.
Sarah warned of "nasty thunderstorms" with heavy downpours.
"It's still going to be thundery and there'll be mixed hail," she said.
"The storms will be heaviest and nastiest during the middle part of the afternoon and evening."
The most cheerful day of the week is set to be Wednesday – although millions will still see "heavy showers" and hear "rumbles of thunder", with "hail thrown in too".
The situation won't be improving anytime soon. In news that will make sun-starved Brits groan with misery, we're set for plunging temperatures and high winds on Thursday and Friday.
Sarah said: "The UK will come under the influence of quite a potent area of low pressure, deep from the Atlantic, and that will be bringing very strong winds to all of us.
"There's a risk of inland gales in the west and south-west, and possibly even severe gales running up through coastal areas in the west.
"It's one we're watching."
Many of us are likely to only see sustained sunshine in the very last week of May – and even then, it's not certain, Sarah added.
"In the far outlook – looking from the middle of next week onwards, really the last five days of May – it looks as though might start to improve," she said.
"It's changeable, but it's probably becoming more settled towards end of the month with increasing chances of drier conditions.
"If that does happen, and it's still an 'if' although the signals are there, we could see more settled conditions and warmer days."
Bookies Coral has May odds-on, at 1-4, to be the wettest ever. And they've slashed the odds on June following suit.
"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."
Slightly more cheerfully, Brits are at least able to meet up inside for the first time in months as lockdown restrictions ease today.
Pubs are opening their doors to punters who prefer to nurse a pint out of the rain, although 30 people can meet in gardens for a drink.
Meanwhile, hugging is finally back on the table – while groups of up to six, or two households, can go inside to escape the poor weather.
Officials have warned people to take care amid fears over a super-infectious mutation of Covid first seen in India.
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