HIGH hopes for a hot Bank Holiday weekend have been dashed for Brits as the Met Office has issued its forecast.
A run of dreary and damp weather over the summer months had left many wishing for a return to sunny spells over the long weekend.
Unfortunately, it appears that this won't be the case with forecasters branding a prolonged period of warmth "unlikely".
A Met Office spokesperson told the Mirror: "Although temperatures are set to pick up this week, an August Bank Holiday heatwave is looking probably unlikely."
A drizzly start to this morning did little to quell fears of a damp squib, although the rain is set to clear overnight as temperatures rise in the coming days.
Some showers are expected before the weekend but are set to be concentrated in the North East, with some "scattered" rain in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Elsewhere, the mercury is expected to sit in the early 20s for the remainder of the week, with highs of 24C on Friday and Sunday separated by a peak of 25C on Saturday.
The warmer weather is predicted to be evenly spread, with temperatures above 20C forecast in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast over the weekend.
The Met's forecast for tomorrow reads: "Early fog clearing to leave a day of sunny spells and showers.
"Feeling pleasantly warm in the sunshine, and gentle winds."
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Going forward into the end of the week, it adds: "Sunny spells and scattered showers on Wednesday.
"Showers isolated on Thursday, and feeling very warm in the sunshine.
"Some hot sunshine on Friday, but thundery rain arriving from the South West."
As for the weekend, the long-range forecast predicts a "spell of sunny, very warm to hot weather" to sweep in from the East.
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