Met Office forecast brings ‘hope on the horizon’ after torrential rain and gales

The torrential rain and 85mph gusts battering Brits over the past week has caused havoc on the roads and plans for those celebrating lockdown rules easing.

However, the latest Met Office forecast brings "hope on the horizon" for the treacherous conditions to subside.

As bookies are slashing odds of May being the wettest ever on record, parts of the UK have seen more rainfall than the average for this time of year.

However, Aidan McGivern, meteorologist for the Met Office, says next week could look brighter.

He told LancsLive, that the wet and wild weather we've experienced is down to blocking an 'anti-cyclone.'

Aidan said: "May's weather has also been down to a blocking anti-cyclone – but, if you don't like the rain, you could argue this blocking high has been in the wrong place. This time, it's been over Greenland and that helped to push the jet stream well to the south, compared to normal.

"We've been in a dip of the jet stream, where low pressure moves in and mills around for several days – so we've seen wind and rain, followed by frequent heavy showers.

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"We've also been to the cool side of that jet stream, so temperatures have been below average."

But how much longer do Brits have to endure the downpours and gales, when we should be seeing perfect beer garden weather?

After Friday's area of low pressure moves into the North Sea on Saturday, the start of next week may also see more showers.

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"Then another low takes its place on Sunday, full of bouts of wind and rain, followed by further heavy showers at the start of next week," said Aiden.

However "there is hope on the horizon" on Wednesday, because to the west of the UK "the jet stream become much more amplified".

There will be some showers about, but it'll "gradually improve things through next week."

According to the latest weather forecast, the overall temperatures are likely to be close to or below the average for this tie of year.

But there are some warmer days ahead with colder nights, with dry weather across most of the UK, particularly in southern and eastern parts of the country.

It's predicted that Brits will face the rain before the weather picks up before Bank Holiday – where a 21C heatwave could hit.

Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds to 2-1, from 4-1, on June being the hottest on record for the UK, and 5-4 odds for the summer being the hottest ever.

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