Rainfall this month is already above the national average for August – and today illustrates exactly what that looks like.
There was heavy rainfall across the country, including London where people were pictured sheltering in doorways and using jackets as umbrellas.
The Met Office said 94mm of rain has fallen across the UK between August 1 and 17 – about 5% above the national average for the entire month.
The wet weather is forecast to clear up in the south of England by the weekend, where temperatures could soar to 29C.
Met Office forecaster Dean Hall told Metro.co.uk: ‘It has been another breezy day with sunny spells and showers.
‘We are seeing some heavy showers across the Midlands and east of England, along with some lightning strikes as well. There are going to be some thunder storms through the afternoon.’
Maximum temperatures will reach around 22 to 23 degrees today, he said.
The night would turn cooler, dropping to between 5 to 7 degrees.
Tomorrow there is the ‘risk of the odd rumble of thunder’, with temperatures again reaching around 22 to 23 degrees.
‘It looks as though the South East of England will probably remain dry throughout much of Tuesday, with some sunny spells, and there will be sunshine and showers for many on Wednesday.
‘By Thursday and Friday, things gradually improve. It’s still wet and windy at times across the far north. Further south you will see occasional showers.
‘By Friday you see high pressure building, setting things into the bank holiday weekend. Temperatures are trending upwards by the end of the week, probably lifting into the low to mid twenties.’
During the first 17 days of August, England experienced 66.7mm of rain, which is 4% below its monthly average of 69.3mm.
However, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all saw above-average rainfall during the same period.
Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: ‘We are at the midpoint (of the month), but in some cases, we have seen well above the average rainfall.
‘Whether we are on track for a record-breaking month is too early to say.’
She said the figure is still “a way off” the wettest August on record, which saw 167.6mm of rainfall in 1912.
While there will be a showery start to the week across the UK, it will become drier and warmer towards the weekend in the south of England, Ms Maxey said.
She said temperatures in the South East could reach 29C by Sunday or Monday, caused by an area of high pressure.