Bank holiday was a washout, more rain is on the way but summer could still be a scorcher

More rain is on the way but summer could be a scorcher
What would a Bank holiday be without rain? (Picture: Geoff Robinson)

Soggy sunseekers were left wishing they had stayed at home as Britain’s bank holiday Monday turned into a damp disappointment.

Hopes of a bright end to the weekend were dashed by deluges – with rain falling for up to 16 hours in some areas.

It added to the misery for trippers who faced traffic jams and delays caused by rail engineering work.

More rain is expected this week and there could even be floods… but it is not all bad news.

‘Summer looks very good for the UK,’ said Weather Channel forecaster Leon Brown.

‘There will be long drier spells and the potential for maximum temperatures from 34C (93F) to 36C (96F).’

Long delays were reported on the A11 and A303, with minor hold-ups on the M1, A1, M40, A64 and A43.

Train companies including ScotRail, London Midland and Arriva were running amended timetables.

It came as rain fell for 16 hours in Sussex and 12 in the East Midlands, according to the Met Office.

With more bad weather on the way, the Environment Agency has issued low-risk flood alerts for today and tomorrow in East Anglia, the north-east of England and the Midlands.
Nick Finnis, a forecaster at, said there would also be heavy rain in southern Scotland.

The rest of the country should see sunny spells but also heavy and thundery downpours, with temperatures of 18C (64F) in London and 15C (59F) in Cardiff and Glasgow.

‘It looks like we will continue to see further cloud and persistent rain affecting northern, central and eastern England, southern and eastern Scotland through much of the day on Wednesday and into Thursday too, accompanied by a cool north-easterly wind,’ Mr Finnis said.

He predicted the rain would bring a ‘continued risk of localised flooding’ but said this should ease late on Thursday, while there would be a mix of sunshine and showers elsewhere.

‘It will be generally on the cool side everywhere,’ Mr Finnis added. Friday is expected to be drier and brighter but there is still a risk of isolated showers in some places.

The predicted heatwave will not get going until later in the year.

But experts claim there is a 75 per cent chance that sizzling temperatures in July and August will make 2014 the hottest summer on record.

The El Niño weather pattern will fuel the trend, according to a report by researchers from the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, published in the journal PNAS.

26 May 2014 | 9:46 pm – Source:

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