The UK is set for a washout weekend and a north-south divide as heavy downpours make their way across southern parts of the UK and northern England continues to enjoy fine and sunny weather.
Heavy clouds and outbreaks of rain will make their way across southern England and East Anglia today with milder temperatures of around 72-73F (22-23C) expected for most of the country.
Tomorrow will see a very different day for the UK as showers make their way across northern parts of the country, in particular Scotland, and feed into Northern Ireland as central and southern parts of England and Wales begin to see spells of sunshine.
The abrupt end to the UK’s short-lived heatwave comes just days after hundreds of sun-seekers flocked to Bournemouth, Dorset and Cornwall to enjoy sizzling temperatures of 77F (25C) as the official school holidays began.
Earlier today grey clouds made their way over Bournemouth beach in Dorset as beach-goers put up their tents in preparation for the oncoming rain.
People walk through Wimbledon Common in the pouring rain as the country begins to see bursts of rain and cloud after days of sunshine
Two people wear their waterproof jackets and shelter underneath an umbrella as they walk though Wimbledon Common today
People shelter underneath their umbrellas in Wimbledon Common, London, as the UK sees heavy downpours make their return
Elsewhere Beaches at Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno were busy as tens of thousands, mainly day trippers, enjoyed hours of sunshine.
Car parks at the foot of Snowdon filled up from 7am and appeals were made for climbers and walkers not to dump their litter on the mountainside.
But the invasion proved galling for hotels and guest houses because the Welsh government has decreed that they can’t reopen for guests until next month, missing most of the holiday season.
Following a grey and cloudy start to the day, the rain will begin to clear along the southeast of the country and a cool night is expected, with only a few showers continuing in the north.
On Monday, England and Wales will wake up to a mostly dry day, with burst of sunshine and light winds expected across parts of the region.
A few showers will then make their way to the northern regions on Tuesday and Wednesday before edging its way slowly south.
A Met Office spokesperson said: ‘Today we’ve got a three way split so we’ve got showers and it’s quite breezy across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
‘Then in the south and south-east it’s a cloudy damp start but the rain gradually clearing as we go through the day but not really fully clearing until late on.
‘In between so across the central parts and northern England there will be fine sunny weather.
‘Tomorrow again we’re going to have showers across northern parts particularly Scotland but some of them could feed into Northern Ireland and northern England too whereas for more central southern parts of England and also Wales tomorrow should be a fine day so more sunny weather.
‘Tuesday is pretty similar to be honest perhaps fewer showers in the north. A few showers for parts of Northern Ireland and northern England but otherwise lots of dry weather and again England and Wales will have some bright sunny spells.’
The spokesperson added: ‘It’s worth bearing in mind the nights are going to be chilly through the next couple of days. Particularly Monday night into Tuesday. So Tuesday morning could be a bit chilly for some.’
A woman pulls the umbrella she is carrying over her as the capital is hit with a downpour of rain following days of sunshine
One man wearing a face mask walks along the grass area of Wimbledon Common, London, as the mini-heatwave comes to an end
Two people stand underneath an umbrella as heavy clouds and outbreaks of rain make their way across southern England
Grey clouds swept over Bournemouth beach in Dorset today as parts of the UK prepared itself for torrential rain
Yesterday beaches and car parks saw an onslaught of visitors as London and the south reached temperatures of 77F (25C) making it hotter than Mexico City’s 24C.
The Met Office forecast a weather front to bring a split in temperatures between the two regions with a ‘fairly grey’ day for northern England and north Wales but scorching conditions towards the south-east.
It followed police saying UK motorways looked like a ‘cross between a caravan and a boat show’ after millions hit the roads ahead of this weekend as the official school holidays begin for many families.
The busy roads heading southbound towards Cornwall, South Devon and Plymouth were piled up with traffic and delays were reported on the M5 southbound, from Gloucestershire all the way down to Somerset.
On Saturday swimmers enjoyed the weather at Hampstead Ponds in London as warm weather swept across parts of the UK