UK weather: Cold, wet and windy August bank holiday weekend forecast for most of UK

Forecasters say there's 'not much to be optimistic about' for the rest of the month

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The miserable weather looks set to continue into a damp and drizzly August bank holiday weekend.

As hopes of a last burst of summer sunshine fade, forecasters are warning of heavy showers and high winds across the UK.

Two more weeks of wet, windy and cool weather could see out the summer and temperatures will remain below average.

The chilly feel is not helped by winds blowing from the Arctic and the Met Office said the highest peaks in Scotland could even see some snow.

Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “The weather is certainly looking disappointing for the next couple of weeks.

"It's going to be cool and rather unsettled - there's not much to be optimistic about.

“The next few days will be showery and cold. Most showers will be in the North and West but some spreading south-eastwards.

"Temperatures in Scotland and the North will struggle to reach the teens but still might get to 20C in the South East.

“By the time we get to Thursday there will be longer spells of rain in the North, spreading south-westwards through Friday.”

July saw an extended heatwave for much of the country but August has so far been unsettled and stormy, with little sign of improvement.

A mix of sunshine and showers is expected over the bank holiday, which usually sees a rush to the coast and countryside as countless outdoor events take place.

The Notting Hill Carnival in London, which is the biggest street carnival in Europe, could see performers shivering in temperatures struggling to top 20C.

Additional reporting by PA