Thousands of British families flocked to the beach today as the sun finally shone, after three washout weekends in a row.
Brighton was expected to see 200,000 weekend visitors, with 100,000 at Bournemouth and 100,000 at Great Yarmouth, as families made the most of the first sunny weekend since schools broke up for the six-week break.
But it won’t last, as the Met Office predicts more wet weather in the coming days, meaning a stinker of a British summer.
A cargo ship sits out at sea off the north east coast near Tynemouth as the sun comes up on the brightest weekend in August
Temperatures reached 22 or 23 for most people today, and Sunday is likely to feel warm as well
Throughout today, most Brits saw temperatures around 22C, feeling warmer in the sun, which will continue tomorrow as the sun stays out and the skies stay blue.
But by Monday, the rain will have returned, and the Met Office predicts a wet and breezy day for the north and west, though the southeast might get some sun.
Tuesday will be a mix of sunshine and showers, with the ratio tilting to more showers by Wednesday.
The rest of the month could well be a washout, as the Met Office forecasts brief spells of sun breaking through for what it mostly going to be a wet August.
The Met Office forecast states: ‘Some of the showers are likely to be thundery. It will also be windy with coastal gales.
A young boy fishes for crabs from a wooden bridge with his grandad on August 11, as the sun finally arrived
A young girl fishes for crabs from a wooden bridge on August 11, in Walberswick, on what has become the best weekend weather this month
Holiday makers play in the sea on August 11, after the unseasonably wet weather across Britain
‘The remainder of the period is set to see a continuation of the changeable theme, with spells of wet and windy weather interspersed by brighter, showery conditions.
‘Northern and some western areas are likely to see the heaviest rain and strongest winds, perhaps with coastal gales at times, whilst the best of any drier weather is expected towards the south and southeast.’
It will feel cooler than expected for this time of year too, with lower than average temperatures.