What a difference a week can make! Beaches left empty as pathetic gray weather blankets UK after 29C heat

Beaches were left empty today, just a week after a week of scorching sun saw Britons bask in the 29C sun.

The expanse of sand was now devoid of sun seekers after a thunderstorm – rain is expected to continue through the end of the week.

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Southend-on-Sea Beach was barely a square inch free last weekendcredit: Rob Welham / McClellan
Southend-on-Sea was crowded last weekend, now the rain has pushed everyone back except a dog walkercredit: Rob Welham / McClellan

Parts of the UK were drenched with low temperatures and incessant torrential rain throughout the weekend, bringing the week to an end.

But some racing enthusiasts didn’t stop, donning waterproof ponchos on their finery on Saturday for the final day of Royal Ascot.

And football fans soaked themselves as England faced Scotland at the Euros on Friday night – which was just a taste of what the rest of the weekend was going to bring.

Scottish supporters gather in rainy Leicester Square ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland on Friday
Scottish supporters gather in rainy Leicester Square ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 match between England and Scotland on Fridaycredits: PA
Leicester Square fans have not been stopped by the rain to show their support for Scotland
Leicester Square fans have not been stopped by the rain to show their support for Scotlandcredits: PA

As next week draws to a close, the weather was looking a little dry – although the heat doesn’t seem to have fully returned yet.

Netweather forecasters said: “After heavy rain in the east and south yesterday, summer is definitely on hiatus now.”

Parts of the UK are expected to remain cloudy today, with heavy rains continuing throughout the day in some parts.

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The weather will be particularly humid in the north of Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as over the east of England.

Meteorological Department meteorologist Dan Stroud said that with tomorrow being the longest day of the year, temperatures in much of England will only be in the mid teens, below average for the time of year as well as humid and drizzling.

Fourth day of Royal Ascot 2021 on Friday at Ascot Racecourse
Fourth day of Royal Ascot 2021 on Friday at Ascot Racecoursecredit: James Whatling
An ambulance crosses flood waters on the A20 Aylesford near Maidstone in Kent on Friday
An ambulance crosses flood waters on the A20 Aylesford near Maidstone in Kent on FridayCredits: LNP

We should not expect temperatures above 20 degrees even for the rest of the week, with “light and incessant rain”, he added.

Monday will be our warmest day, with about 5-15 mm of rainfall expected in the south, reaching 20 mm in places.

A high pressure from the north and west over parts of northern Scotland and northern England means they will remain slightly dry.

But we will see a gradual improvement over the course of the week, with the rain dissipating on the mainland on Wednesday, a “beautiful day” in our twenties, the best day of the week in our twenties from 20C to 22C.

Over the weekend and beyond, rain over Scotland and the North Island will continue for the rest of the week, meaning more drizzle and intermittent rain and milder temperatures should remain within forecast.

But Dan Stroud assures us that we will definitely see a “drying period” in the coming weeks.

People arrive on the first day of the Download Festival in Donington Park, Leicestershire
People arrive on the first day of the Download Festival in Donington Park, Leicestershirecredits: PA
A festival goer covers himself in the rain on the first day of the Download Festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire on Friday
A festival goer covers himself in the rain on the first day of the Download Festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire on Fridaycredits: PA

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