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Bank Holiday washout across Britain

Heavy rain drenched many parts of Britain today as the country suffered a soggy Bank Holiday Monday.

Rainfall moved in from the south west overnight, and some parts of the south had recorded 12-14mm by noon.

Claire Austin, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said some places were likely to receive 20-30mm of rainfall over the course of the day.

She said: "The rain has come in from the south west and moved very slowly north eastwards, bringing persistent rainfall to central and southern parts of England and Wales. It is gradually moving north, to southern parts of northern England."

The wet weather, which affected many outdoor activities including the Notting Hill Carnival in London, did at least mean the mercury rose a little from the unseasonably cold recent temperatures.

However it was still chilly overnight in Scotland, with a reading of minus 2.1C (28F) at Braemar, in the Highlands.

Ms Austin said: "Where it has been raining, there should be warmer temperatures than we have seen recently. We can expect readings of between 12C and 15C in many areas overnight."

She held out some hope of an improvement in the late summer conditions next weekend.

"There are hints as we go through the weekend and into next week, of some high pressure trying to build, but that is still some way off," she said.

Despite the wet weather, the Environment Agency had only one flood alert in place - for high tide early tomorrow in Bridlington North Pier area.

"Strong onshore winds may cause spray and overtopping. We will continue to monitor the situation," it said.

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