Forget any thoughts of a heatwave this week, say meteorologists, with Britain set to be lashed by wind and rain.

A huge low-pressure system is wedged off the west coast, sending temperatures plummeting in parts of the country.

While the south and south-eastern parts may reach 25C in isolated spots, other areas could see the mercury fall to around 10C or 11C in the north and Scotland, with rain forecast for large swathes of the UK and winds set to batter coastal regions.

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It could drop to as low as 4C overnight in more northerly parts, making it feel very wintery.

British Weather Services forecaster Jim Dale says we will get a of “Polar maritime airmass across the country”, which will see colder air rule the roost.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Temperatures are not likely to exceed 25C on Monday and Tuesday with that colder air in place.”

Rain could be with us for a while thanks to low pressure, stretching into next week, although when the clouds do break up, the eastern and south-eastern regions will have the best of the warm weather.

Deakin added: “The likelihood of rainfall is more focussed over western areas.

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“Next week will be dominated by low pressure to the west which means there will be showers around focussed in the west closest to the low.”

Even though we won’t be seeing 30C temperatures this week, the bookies are still saying it is odds on for Britain to have the hottest summer ever, at 1-2, with Coral, while they offer 4-5 on the UK record of 38.7C being broken.

Spokesman John Hill said: “Our betting suggests things are going to get even hotter this summer, and by the time it is over, it will be the hottest summer the UK has ever had.”

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