Britain’s first bank holiday Monday since lockdown rules eased is set to be a washout as the country is drenched by two inches of rain and battered by 50mph gales.
Torrential rain will sweep across the country throughout the day with Met Office forecasters issuing a yellow weather warning for wind in the south of England that remains in place until 9am tomorrow.
Road, rail and ferry journeys could all be affected, with flood warnings issued for parts of the west and parts of the north are even braced for snow.
It ends a miserable bank holiday weekend for many, with revellers forced to brave downpours as they flooded back to pub beer gardens to make the most of the easing of Covid restrictions.
Yesterday a group of hardy pub goers were spotted an outdoor pint in the pouring rain outside The Cranberry Farm pub, in Exeter, Devon, while others were seen holding blankets over their heads while sitting outside at a bar in Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Plummeting temperatures also saw a freak hail storm hit the Isle of Wight, leaving left fields looking more like a winter wonderland.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said today: ‘There’s quite a deep area of low pressure coming in from the West on Monday. It’s pretty windy with some gales in exposed areas in the West’s coast and hills.
‘Obviously with lockdown restrictions coming down now there could be more people out and about so the impact could be higher than normal but certainly a very wet and windy day moving in from the West on Monday.’
Pictured: Sunrise by the Ribblehead viaduct in Cumbria on Bank Holiday Monday before the forecast rain arrives
A group of hardy pub goers enjoy an outdoor pint in the pouring rain outside The Cranberry Farm pub, in Exeter, Devon
Rain will set in over Northern Ireland and spread across the entirety of the UK by this afternoon. The Met Office has predicted the rain will become heavier throughout the day and some snow will be seen on Scottish mountains.
Coastal gales are forecast for the south and western areas of the country but the rain should start to clear by the evening.
And the mercury isn’t set to rise any time soon as tomorrow is set to be an unsettled and chilly day with a fair amount of cloud and showers or longer spells of rain.
The rest of the week will stay much the same with wintry showers and rain across the country and widespread overnight frosts.
Temperatures will remain low for this time of year with lows of -4C, lower than the temperature in Russia, and forecasts of torrential rain and storms to start today.
Freezing temperatures forced winemakers to burn huge paraffin candles by their vineyards to stop grapes from icing over.
Freezing temperatures over the Bank Holiday weekend have forced winemakers to burn huge paraffin candles by their vineyards to stop grapes from icing over
Vitaculturists at The Grange Hampshire vineyard lit their candles, known as bougies, in the early hours of yesterday morning during a period of frost
An extraordinary freak hail storm hit the Isle of Wight and covered the fields and streets in Newchurch turning the landscape into a winter wonderland
Vitaculturists at The Grange Hampshire vineyard lit their candles, known as bougies, in the early hours of yesterday morning during a period of frost.
A team of 10 local lighters were given an emergency alert at 2am in the morning and it took them about an hour and a half to light the 450 candles.
Once the sun comes up and the temperature reaches above freezing a different team will come and extinguish the candles.
And hail battered the Isle of Wight on Saturday leaving the Newchurch area looking like it was in the depths of winter and covered in snow.
Jamie Russell, of the Isle of Wight Met Service, said: ‘It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. I was on the southern side of a big rapeseed field near Shanklin when I noticed something slightly unusual happening in the general direction of Newchurch and headed over there.’
Jamie Russell, of the Isle of Wight Met Service, said: ‘It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it. I was on the southern side of a big rapeseed field near Shanklin when I noticed something slightly unusual happening in the general direction of Newchurch and headed over there’
Families and visitors wearing waterproof jackets and carrying umbrellas brave the rain and flock to the at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset
Visitors to Lyme Regis hold umbrellas as they flock to the beach
Pictured: A freak hailstorm has left the Newchurch area of the Isle of Wight looking like it is in the depths of winter
Hail froze to the roads and grass, looking like snow was covering the Isle of Wight this weekend
And across the rest of the country punters were forced to huddle under blankets and coats while dining with friends and family outside amid the torrential rain yesterday.
In Wallingford, Oxfordshire, diners braved the conditions despite the rain lashing their umbrellas during a very wet al fresco lunch.
Zam Baring, CEO, The Grange Hampshire Wine said: ‘Frosty nights are all about horrible judgement calls. How cold is it going to be getting two or three hours’ time? How much damage will be done to the buds if we don’t light the candles?
‘And, if we do light the candles tonight, will we have enough left for what is coming down the line tomorrow night, the night after or even next week? It is undeniably a beautiful sight, but it’s a terrible sight too!
‘There were very bad frosts last year in 2020 during the second week of May and, despite working hard to counteract the cold, The Grange Hampshire suffered a more than 60 per cent reduction in yield over the previous year. We use around 1,500 candles each year.’
Punters huddled under blankets and coats in the wet weather with diners still forced to remain outside due to Covid restrictions
The weather proved no obstacle to some who sat outside Britain’s pubs and restaurants on Saturday amid the pouring rain
Diners in the Oxfordshire town of Wallingford brave the pouring rain for the chance to be together and to eat outdoors on Saturday
The cold temperatures follow the coldest April on record with the lowest average minimum temperatures for April in the UK since 1922.
The yellow weather warnings will see some delays to road, rail air and ferry transport. The Met Office has said that some bus and train services will probably be affected.
And damage to outdoor temporary structures is possible with some tree branches down too.
It’s likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves.