Return of the April showers: Temperatures are set to plummet by as much as 18F by tomorrow while southern England braces for torrential downpours with up to two weeks’ rain tonight and more on the way as normal British spring weather resumes

  • England’s midlands and Wales are likely to see up to 30mm of rainfall as typical April weather returns 
  • Temperatures will be ‘a lot cooler from today’ with a possible 70F in London dropping to 52F by tomorrow
  • Met Office meteorologist Oli Claydon told MailOnline temperatures would be ‘a lot cooler from today’

Britain will face downpours and cooler temperatures this week following days of sunshine and warm weather. 

The country’s worst-hit areas, most likely England’s midlands and Wales, are facing up to 30mm of rain in the next 24 hours. 

Other parts of the country will see 10-15mm showers, in a return to more typical April weather following the weekend’s mini-heatwave. Britain typically sees 10 days of rain or snow, totalling 59mm in April.

Met Office meteorologist Oli Claydon told MailOnline temperatures would be ‘a lot cooler from today’, with a possible 70F (21C) in London dropping to 52F (11C) by tomorrow. 

Parts of northern England will see temperatures of 52F (11C) today as they bear the brunt of the downpours.  

Wednesday will be a little warmer, with possible temperatures of 61F (16C), but a new band of rain will be moving up towards the north east, which could see 22mm of rainfall. 

Thursday will see scattered showers – some heavy and thundery – across many parts of the UK. 

People photograph the pebble stacks this morning on the beach at Whitley Bay which stretches for a quarter of a mile

Bamburgh castle on the Northumberland coast today at sunrise, as rain and lower temperatures are expected across the country this week following days of uninterrupted sunshine and warm weather

It will be a ‘cooler, more unsettled week’ for much of the UK as temperatures return to average for this time of year, with some downpours expected.  

Warm conditions during the UK’s fifth weekend in lockdown due to coronavirus prompted concern that members of the public could defy restrictions on movement.

Forecaster Craig Snell said across Wales, the Midlands and over towards Yorkshire on Monday, it is expected to be cloudy with outbreaks of rain.  

On Tuesday, a spell of persistent rain is expected to move across parts of England and Wales, while bright spells and scattered showers continue in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Another band of rain will push north-eastwards on Wednesday, according to the Met Office.  

‘So on the final day of April, we will actually have a day of April showers across many parts of the UK,’ Mr Snell said.

‘A much more different picture from this week where places have just seen blue skies and sunshine.

‘Next week, there will be a lot more cloud in the sky and for many of us we will see some rain at some point.’

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