BBC Weather: Lockdown misery begins as new rain band to unleash heavy showers across UK

Weather forecaster Matt Taylor warned Britons sunshine and balmy temperatures will soon be forgotten as a series of fronts hit the UK over the coming days. Mr Taylor said a first wave of heavy rain will be moving in on Tuesday from the continent, thrashing most of Wales and England with persistent outbursts of rain. The BBC Weather meteorologist said: "There’s cloud coming up from France not just blotting out the sun but also seeing the return of rain. Radar charts show it quite extensively, quite a wet morning for much of Wales, central and southern England.

"Some heavier burst in Hampshire, Wiltshire into the south Midlands. That’s going to continue through this area much of the day.

"Far north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland though some sunshine again today but some heavy showers brewing here and there, particularly across the Grampians, parts of Northern Ireland and also the southern uplands too but a lot of places will stay dry in the north.

"Particularly chilly compared to recent days across parts of the Midlands - just 9C there compared to the low 20s.

"But it does mean for those suffering from hay fever some welcome drops in pollen levels once again."

Mr Taylor said the rain is likely to turn patchier as we head into the night but will remain a feature through most of Wednesday, warning the showers are likely to move northwards as a new weather front pushes in from the Atlantic.

He continued: "We finish the day with our rain, really, from say the M62 southwards at times. It will ease off overnight, turning patchier and lighter.

"Some splashes of rain will continue south of Scotland, northwest England and through the East Midlands to take us into tomorrow morning.

"But some clear skies, particularly into northern and easter Scotland, this is where we’re most likely to see a bit of frost into tomorrow morning."

"But with some thundery showers to take us into the evening. Temperatures up a touch from today’s values."

News of the incoming rainy front came as the Met Office marked April as the "sunniest month on record."

Mr Taylor, commenting on a chart representing the average amount of sunny weather across the UK in the past month, said: "The Met Office have announced that, provisionally speaking, it has been the sunniest April on record.

"All orange areas have seen above-average amounts of sunshine and the amber areas is where we’ve seen close to two months of sunshine in total.

"They announce that and soon enough, the cloud returns, certainly for England and Wales today."

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