Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell said: “The wet, windy and showery weather is the opposite of the dry conditions we’ve been used to recently”
While the UK has enjoyed a glorious heatwave in recent weeks, stormy conditions have begun to set in.
Giant waves swamp people and an ice cream van on the promenade in Sunderland as they wait for a display at the Sunderland Airshow
The north has seen horrific conditions throughout today
Cyclists ride through the flood waters at high tide at Keyhaven Marshes in The New Forest this morning
Tourists use umbrellas to shelter from the rain as inclement weather hits central London this afternoon
Heavy rain showers in central London
Women cover from the rain as inclement weather hits central London today
The great summer holiday weekend getaway has got off to a slow, damp start this morning on the M25 in Kent
Drivers have been braving poor conditions as their holidays get underway
Visitors with ice creams at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset on a morning of sunshine and showers
Visitors walking along the seafront with umbrellas up as a shower passes over at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset
This morning’s gloomy weather is in stark contrast to the heatwave Britain experienced recently
Crabbers take shelter under an umbrella today as the rain starts again at Hurst Cut in Hampshire
A woman takes a photograph of her dog as they wade through flood waters at high tide at Keyhaven Marshes
A speed boat races passed The Needles on the Isle of Wight under dark rain clouds today
The scene on the A6006, near Melton Mowbray, Leics, after a tractor and trailer overturned sending four tonnes of MANURE across the road yesterday
Conditions are now expected to remain unsettled until the end of July before rainfall increases even further in August.
A Met Office forecast for late July and early August reads: “The rain will be heavy at times, particularly in the northwest and here there is also the chance of gales at times too.
“In between there will be some drier and brighter spells, however there will be also be a scattering of heavy showers, again these most frequent and heaviest in the northwest.
“The chance of any longer drier and more settled spells is limited and only the southeast of the country is likely to be drier overall.
“On the whole temperatures will be close to or slightly below normal for the time of year, with the coolest temperatures likely in the west.”
Temperatures will be between 22C and 24C next week, before cooling as August begins.
Tourists in Windsor wearing ponchos to shelter from the rain this afternoon
A typical British summer’s day was to be had in Windsor after weeks of scorching heat
Brits are fleeing the rain however they can this weekend
Tourists huddle under an umbrella in Windsor on a day of sightseeing
Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell added: “The wet, windy and showery weather is the opposite of the dry conditions we’ve been used to recently.
“Temperatures are distinctly average for the start of school holidays.
“It’s not beach weather for some.”
A showery start across most of England with some sunshine in between heavy downpours