Holidaymakers have been left reeling as Britain is hit by one of the coldest and wettest Bank Holiday weekends since records began.
Parts of the country experienced their lowest ever temperatures for the time of year – 17C at Heathrow – as thousands of families cut short their trips away and headed home early due to the torrential rain.
The tourism industry lost out on up to £1billion from lost revenue according to some estimates based on VisitEngland figures, but crime also appeared to be dramatically down at events such as the Notting Hill Carnival as many stayed at home.
Records were also smashed in Scotland and Northern Ireland, which suffered with its coldest ever August night since records began fifty years ago.
Temperatures plunged to -1.9C at Katesbridge, in County Down, in the early hours of Sunday, beating the previous low of -1.1C set half a century ago in 1964.
In Scotland it fell to -2.1C in Braemar, Highland, with forecasters warning they could dip close to zero in the region again tomorrow.
Forecaster Brian Gaze of The Weather Outlook said: ‘With heavy rain across much of the country, it was possibly the worst August Bank Holiday Monday since 1986.’
That year Hurricane Charley dumped up to five inches’ of rain on parts of the UK.
Met Office forecaster Calum MacColl told Metro: ‘It’s been a cold and very wet bank holiday for much of the country.
‘Normally you’d see temperatures of around 22C in southern England, and dropping off a few degrees the higher north you go.
‘It’s also a contrast to this time last year when there were some pretty high temperatures’.