The August bank holiday is set to disappoint this year as much of the south will be shrouded in heavy rain and strong winds, instead of the bright, hot, sunshine normally expected at this time of year.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for the south of England and Wales, which warns people to “be aware” as the weather could impact people travelling on Monday.
Visit England estimates five million people will be making an overnight holiday stay in the UK for the bank holiday weekend, meaning that their journeys could be severely affected on Monday, while the million people expected to attend this weekend's Notting Hill Carnival face a complete washout while attending to two-day outdoor event.
Kirk Waite, a meteorologist at the Met Office warned that a band of rain will be gradually pushing its way across the south west of the country on Sunday and overnight into Monday.
This will create unsettled conditions across southern parts of England and south Wales on the bank holiday Monday, with heavy rain at times across, crossing the south of the country through the course of the day, with blustery winds that could cause “minor disruptions” to people’s plans.
“It’s going to be feeling relatively unpleasant in comparison to recent days,” he said, adding that while temperatures in the south may reach 20 or 21 degrees Celsius, “it will be feeling a lot less than that with the wind and the rain around”.
Sunday night will be warmer with lows of 10 or 11 degrees, an improvement on Saturday night’s “unseasonably low temperatures”.
Scotland, where it is not a bank holiday, is likely to see the best of the UK’s weather on Monday, where it will be drier and brighter, especially across northern Scotland.
Waite said the rain is expected to “hang around” into Tuesday, gradually clearing away to the south east through the course of the day, and most places will see a drier but potentially cloudy start to the day. Further outbreaks of rain will be pushing in from the west on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures not expected to reach more than 21 degrees.