Brits to be lashed with heavy rain and polar winds in Bank Holiday forecast

Brits will be hit with heavy rainfall and swept with polar winds turning the sunny spells into miserable weather.

The Bank Holiday forecast is cooler than what we've seen in spells throughout April.

The polar blast this week will send temperatures plummeting and bringing heavy downpours across the UK ahead of a wet and cold Bank Holiday weekend.

Some people may be able to enjoy the sunshine but these may be interrupted with scattered showers which 'become heavy in places', according to the latest Met Office forecast.

The extra rain has caused severe flooding in parts of the country, with high tides flooding The Strood on Mersea Island, Essex, leaving vehicles stranded.

Brits in the south of England will see the worst of the rain on Thursday, and the Scottish Highlands may see snow.

Annie Shuttleworth, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “You could get some rain over the next couple of days.

"It has been a very dry April, with quite a few areas of the UK seeing quite a small margin of their average April rainfall.”

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The May Day Bank Holiday weekend will be a mix of showers and sun, with mercury below average than what we've experienced over the past two weeks.

The forecaster said the weekend will bring “a mixture of sunshine, showers, and a cold east to the northeasterly wind”.

They added: “Showers will be most frequent in the north and east, but could become quite widespread overland during the day.

“Some wintriness is probable over high ground of Scotland.”

April was one of the driest on record, with the UK seeing less than a fifth of the average rainfall for the month so far.

A typical April would have had 70% rainfall by now but instead, the UK has had 18%.

Up until April 22, an average of 12.8mm of rain fell across the country, lower than the average of 72.53mm, writes the Met Office.

But that doesn't mean we won't see this rise in the washout weekend ahead.

"You could get some rain over the next couple of days that will bring the totals up," Ms Shuttleworth added.

"It has been a very dry April, with quite a few areas of the UK seeing quite a small margin of their average April rainfall.

"Some counties may see their lowest April rainfall but it won't be a UK-wide thing."

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