Bank Holiday revellers could be forced to cut their celebrations short as heavy rain and wide-spread showers are expected across most of the UK, according to the Met Office.
And on top of that, Brits can expect to spend their time off stuck in traffic as motoring experts have predicted eight million more car journeys this Bank Holiday compared to last year.
The RAC is warning that 22 million car journeys are expected with people set to make the most of a pleasant bank holiday weekend.
Bank Holiday revellers could be forced to cut their celebrations short as heavy rain and wide-spread showers are expected across most of the UK, according to the Met Office. Rain hit Blackpool last night as party-goers hit the town
Britons could be forced to spend their Bank Holiday stuck in traffic as motoring experts predict an estimated eight million more car journeys compared to last year. Pictured is the M40 near Solihull today
Heavy rain will be sweeping across the entire UK today but should ease off this evening. However, Scotland is at risk of of being hit with thunderstorms tomorrow. Pictured a woman getting caught out in the rain in Blackpool last night
Heavy traffic on the M40 near Solihull in the west Midlands yesterday morning as people hit the road for the bank holiday weekend and half term break
The heaviest rain will mainly effect northern and central Scotland, while the rest of the UK will experience an intermittent drizzle throughout the rest of today.
Later on in the evening the weather is expected to clear, with dry spells across most of the country.
Heading into the last day of the Bank Holiday weekend tomorrow, southern England will mostly stay dry while the risk of heavy rain and thunderstorms looms for Scotland.
The bad weather will come as a sour surprise for Brits, who flocked to the coast in their thousands yesterday to make the most of the 73F (23C) highs.
Getaways peaked yesterday with an estimated 6.6million trips planned, up from 3.8million last year, followed by bank holiday Monday with 5.6million, up from 2.9million, and today with 5.3million, up from 4.5million.
Bournemouth was packed with happy Bank Holiday revellers wanting to make the most of the fleeting sunshine yesterday
Hundreds of families flocked to the beach at Bournemouth, Dorset, yesterday afternoon to make the most of the fine weather before the Bank Holiday turns into a washout
People sunbathed on the beach at Brighton in East Sussex while temperatures remained high for much of the country yesterday afternoon
Manchester-based RAC employee Ben Aldous said: ‘Our research suggests a lot of drivers are planning on taking to the road over this weekend, with routes leading to the coasts, national parks and highlands like the Lake District likely to see significant volumes of traffic – and some extensive jams.’
A Met Office meteorologist said: ‘This upcoming bank holiday weekend will start off fine and warm with sunny spells in the south, but for northern parts of the UK it’ll be cooler, cloudier and breezy with some rain at times.
‘At the moment Saturday looks to be one of the better days of the weekend with the promise of sunshine for most, whereas Sunday will be cloudier with outbreaks of rain moving in from the west.
‘By Monday this rain and cloud should clear with a return to sunny spells and the odd shower in places, feeling cooler across the country in the fresh westerly breeze.’
Much of the next few days will be determined by the impact on Britain of stormy weather across North America, which has included tornadoes in the mid-west affecting the upper atmosphere.
One month ago Britain was bathed in a record heatwave at Easter, with Easter Monday proving to be the hottest on record with 77F (25C) recorded at Heathrow and Northolt in West London and Wisley in Surrey.
The highest temperature for the late May bank holiday was 91F (32.8C) in Horsham, West Sussex, on May 29, 1944. Meterological summer begins on June 1, and the UK daytime average for the time of year is around 61F (16C).