Torrential rain dampens South Yorks Bank Holiday

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Torrential rain and thunderstorms got the Bank Holiday weekend off to a wet start as some parts of South Yorkshire overnight suffered a week’s rain fall in just TWO hours.

And it’s not expected to get much better.

Weather experts say it would remain cloudy with outbreaks of rain likely to continue through much of today.

Some torrential thundery downpours are likely in places, leading to risk of localised flooding. Winds will remain light.

Rain will continue into this evening, but will tend to become lighter and patchier through the early hours of Sunday. Misty generally with some fog in places.

Forecasters are predicting sunshine and dry skies for some areas of the country - which could see South Yoirkshire folk heading out of the region.

But it is expected to brightene up everywhere on Monday.

The weather divide this weekend will see the east lose out, with heavy downpours and a risk of flooding throughout the day, particularly in the north, dampening the Bank Holiday spirit.

Meanwhile the west of the UK will able to dust off their BBQs and enjoy dry, sunny spells with just a small chance of the odd light shower.

The weather will gradually improve in the east tomorrow before the whole country will finally be able to enjoy sunny weather together on Bank Holiday Monday, with predicted highs of 26C (78.8F).

Tom Tobler, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: “There will be quite a clear east-west split over the weekend.

“There will be a lot of heavy rain about, confined mainly to the east of the UK.

“In contrast the west will be mainly dry, with just the off shower.

“The rain will be the heaviest in the south-east and the north, with a risk of flooding in areas which see thunderstorms.

“It’s a gradually improving picture on Sunday, but Monday will be the best day of the three-day weekend.

“The east will catch up and the majority of the UK will enjoy sunny, dry weather with highs of 26C.”

Tens of thousands of campers at this weekend’s Reading and Leeds festival will be waking up to a muddy start today.

The sister rock festivals, which gather for three days over the Bank Holiday, will both see heavy downpours through until tomorrow, but Leeds will be the worst off before sunshine moves over both sites on Monday.

In west London it will be a dreary kick-off to the UK’s largest carnival tomorrow, with the loud, colourful procession met with rain, improving slightly in the afternoon.

But the rain is unlikely to put people off from attending the Notting Hill Carnival, one of the liveliest events on the London calendar

By Monday temperatures will have reached 23C (73.4F). Although not quite Caribbean temperatures, the skies will at least be dry.