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Summer Soaking: Two Week Washout Forecast
The wet weather is forecast to continue for another two weeks after record-breaking rainfall in both April and June.
The first half of July is expected to remain unsettled, with no sign of sunshine and hot temperatures until the second part of the month - potentially in time for the London Olympic Games.
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "This week has already been rather wet thanks to low pressure and there is little sign of improvement at least for the next 10 to 14 days.
"Anyone hoping for a break in the weather may have to wait until the latter half of the month when there are signs that high pressure may bring some sunnier days.
"For now we are stuck in a rut with the jet stream further south than usual."
Ms Lang warned of the risks associated with the predicted downpours.
"Apart from the fact that the weather is just downright dull and miserable for a lot of the time, there are more serious consequences with the potential for dangerous driving conditions and from flooding."
She added: "During Thursday, Friday and Saturday northern parts of Britain and Ireland could see prolonged and heavy downpours and some flooding.
"Low pressure over southern areas will bring sunshine and heavy, slow-moving showers."
The wet weather has already caused delays to some of this year's big summer sporting fixtures, including Wimbledon and England Test matches.
According to the Met Office, double the average monthly rain fell across the UK last month, making it the wettest June since records began.
June saw long, prolonged rainfall and short but extremely heavy showers, and ended with freak storms which battered areas of the Midlands and the North East.
The exceptional amount of rain caused floods in Wales and parts of England.
It was also one of the dullest and coolest Junes ever, according to the Met.
June was the second month this year to see record-breaking amounts of rain, with April also the wettest, according to records dating back more than a century to 1910.
So far this summer only there has only been one spell of prolonged fine weather during the second half of May.
The UK's record rainfall comes as the US experiences violent storms and a heatwave that have seen soaring temperatures kill at least 22 people and left millions without power.
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Now ain't this just fun!
what is 'usual'?? surely the jet stream has been 'further south' for the past few summers now, shouldnt we just get used to this as this is now 'usual'!
What....nobody blamed the Tories Yet??????
Come on we all know summer months are Mar/Apr & Oct for the last 5 years now so stop this kidding nonsence, true realist at heart.
So happy I decided to stay in England this summer - who wants to lie on a beach in Thailand sipping cocktails in the sun anyway ?
just glad I finished my road trip in the US before the fires started
"Summertime and the living is easy"
Can'r wait for the winter when the days are dry and the sky is blue - there is very little point in staying in the UK in the summer
I suppose that we can now also look forward to mega rises in the cost of fruit and veg.
Ohhh lucky us
I blame the tories - and their lackey sidekicks the ....? sorry forgot who they are now they are so low down in the polls.
More rain forecast,so whats new then?
Loving this global warming. And yes it is, somehow, more than likely caMORONs fault. Useless oaf.