Summer may officially be over after the Met Office said yesterday that unsettled weather is expected for the rest of the month.
After a warm weekend Britons have been told that they can pack those barbecues away because there are only going to be two hot days in August.
Forecasters expect showery weather to dominate before autumn arrives next month, dismissing any hopes of an Indian summer.
The Met Office said maximum temperatures will hit just 20C in the south and 17C in the north of England and Scotland in the coming days.
There will be plenty of rain around, with persistent rain moving in from the south-west today (Mon), and showers tomorrow (Tue) and Thursday, with a risk of thunderstorms.
The Met Office said the weekend will be cooler with a north-westerly wind - and more showers.
Government forecasters predicted unsettled weather until the end of their 30-day forecast on September 11, warning late August and September temperatures could be far below average in the south-east and also below average elsewhere.
Britain has had just two summer days which forecasters classify as 'hot’ - when temperatures reach 30C - on June 27, which reached 33.1C at Gravesend, Kent, and August 3, which scraped to 30.3C, also at Gravesend.
In contrast, some previous years have had many more hot days - with the scorching 2006 summer having 20 days over 30C and a top temperature of 36.5C (98F), in Wisley, Surrey.
Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell said: “With the remainder of August looking somewhat gloomy, this summer really has been a bit of a stinker. It’s been disappointing.
“Summer showed promise but delivered only sporadic bursts of good weather, with some parts fairing much better than others and the east and south-east head and shoulders above the rest.
“With the jet stream poorly positioned, Atlantic weather fronts have won hands down with showers never letting up.
“All eyes will soon be on the last big getaway of summer for the late August Bank Holiday - but even that period looks poor at present.”
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- Richard Hartley-parkinson - Daily Mail