UK Weather – Brits to be hit by MORE rain as thunderstorms batter UK and forecasters warn ‘summer is on pause’

BRITS are to be hit with more rain and thunderstorms, as forecasters warn summer is "on pause".

Parts of the UK are expected to be soaked overnight and throughout Sunday, with lower temperatures and persistent downpours making for a miserable end to the weekend.

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Forecasters at Netweather on Saturday said: "Summer's certainly on pause at the moment, after heavy rain in the East and South yesterday”.

A cloudy morning was expected for much of the UK, with heavy rain continuing throughout the day for some areas.

The weather would be particularly wet for northern Scotland and northern Ireland, as well as eastern parts of England.

However, BBC Weather meteorologist Matt Taylor said a few sunny spells were expected in central areas and the far south in the afternoon.

Taylor pointed out the substantial contrast between this weekend, and last weekend.

“Last Sunday, we saw temperatures in the mid to high 20s, while this Sunday, some of you will be lucky to get into the mid teens,” he said.

Heading into next week, the weather was looking a little drier – though summer doesn't appear to be coming back quite yet.

Monday will be breezy and cloudy, with spells of rain likely through the day.

Tuesday looks to be largely dry and fine, with sunny spells. Wednesday should be another dry and fine day for most, but with some patchy cloud in places.

Dedicated racegoers layered waterproof ponchos over their finery on Saturday, for the final day of the Royal Ascot.

And footy fans got a good soaking as England faced Scotland in the Euros on Friday night – which was a taster of what the rest of the weekend would hold.

The Environment Agency has 12 active flood alerts in place for parts of England, including in Hampshire, Central Bedfordshire and Newbury.

Parts of southeast England were particularly badly hit on Friday, with some areas seeing 28 day's worth of rainfall less than 24 hours.

Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire were all battered with showers.

Otterbourne in Hampshire was most severely hit, with 68mm falling between 11pm Thursday and 5pm Friday.

Meanwhile, Dancers End in Hertfordshire, Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire, Toddington in Bedfordshire and southern Farnborough in Hampshire, were all pounded with 57mm to 65mm in the same period.

In June, the entire UK averages 10 days of rain, totalling 62mm.

The flood alerts warn "flooding is possible" and Brits are urged to "be prepared" for surface water, road and garden flooding.

Motorists are also being warned not to plough through flood water, with the Environment Agency reminding drivers that just 1ft (30cm) of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to "lots of standing water" on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.

On top of the wet weather, temperatures have dropped across the UK following sweltering conditions earlier this week.

The mercury will struggle to reach above 20C in London today, while there will be highs of 18C in Cardiff and 16C in Edinburgh.

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