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Summer heat makes way for more rain

Sunworshippers have been offered little chance of a return to the blazing temperatures seen at the start of summer, with forecasters giving a bleak outlook for the next few weeks.

Heavy rain is expected across the whole of England and Wales on Saturday, although Scotland and Northern Ireland should be mainly dry.

Sunday is expected to produce the best weather of the next few days, with sunny spells interspersed with light showers across the whole of the UK.

But Gareth Harvey, forecaster with Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said more heavy rain is expected to fall next week and the mercury will struggle to get into the 20s.

He said: "On Sunday evening there's a depression coming off the continent. It looks like it's going to bring heavy rain, particularly to the south east.

"It's going to be pretty steady throughout Monday, so a really miserable start to the working week.

"Kent and East Anglia will be worst hit. The rest of the country will be drier with a fair amount of sunshine."

By Monday evening more wet weather will drench the other side of the country, with a large Atlantic depression bringing heavy rain over the West Country and spreading eastwards across the rest of England on Tuesday.

"There's certainly nothing summery coming up in the foreseeable future," he added.

Met Office forecaster Rebekah Sherwin said heavy rain over the next few days could result in some areas being flooded. She added: "It's going to be mainly fairly unsettled through the second half of August, particularly in the north and north west of the UK."

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