After enjoying the hottest day of the year so far this weekend, holidaymakers will be disappointed to hear that the August Bank Holiday is set to be a rain-drenched washout.
Sun-worshippers across the country headed to the coast this weekend to soak up the rays that saw Britain get hotter than Greece and the Caribbean.
The mercury soared to the highest it has been all year on Saturday, hitting 32.4C in Cavendish, Suffolk, beating the 30.7°C recorded at St. James' Park on 25 July.
Crowds of people flocked to Britain's beaches this weekend: PA
But weather experts are now warning we could have seen the best of the summer.
Spokeswoman for The Met Office, Sarah Holland, told Aol Travel
: "As we move over the next few days we will see temperatures dropping down to the low 20s in and around the south East – so not as warm as we saw over the weekend – though it will still feel quite humid."
But the Bank Holiday prediction is rather bleaker, with Sarah adding: "Although perhaps dry in eastern, southern and central parts this Friday, showers or longer spells of rain will quickly spread to all areas leaving conditions for the Bank Holiday Weekend generally very unsettled.
"Heavy showers are expected next Saturday and Sunday, showers then perhaps thundery in places with a risk of some locally heavy downpours. Some western and southwestern parts are also likely to be quite windy for a time early next weekend."
Don't forget the cagoule if you're heading off on a weekend staycation...
Keep the rain off your backs at one of these brilliant budget Bank Holiday getaways:
- A hay loft in the Lake District
This cute picturesque property is part of a converted 17 century barn. With one bedroom, it sleeps two people and costs £<span style="line-height: 17px; font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif; ">90<span style="color: black; "> per </span>night over the August bank holiday weekend. With a three acre wildlife garden, including barbecues, wildlife pond, herb garden and meditation garden. Visit <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186322-d2108187-The_Hayloft-Cockermouth_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html#vrDescription" target="_blank">Tripadvisor </a>for more.</span></p>
- A converted stable in Dorset
This cosy cottage in Sherborne has one bedroom, sleeps two and costs £60 per night over the August bank holiday weekend. <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186265-d1921332-The_Stables_at_Clare_Cottage-Sherborne_Dorset_England.html" target="_blank">The Stables at Clare Cottage</a> is close to some of the area’s best Gastro Pubs, breathtaking country and coastal walks and beautiful villages.</p>
- A stone cottage in North Wales
This <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186439-d2145147-Large_2_bedroom_stone_cottage_2m_from_Llangollen-Llangollen_Denbighshire_North_Wales_Wales.html" target="_blank">traditional cottage in Llangollen</a> is a charming little place with wooden beams. With two bedrooms, it sleeps up to eight and costs £110 per night over the bank holiday weekend - which means it's just £14 per night at full occupancy.Situated on the Horseshoe Pass, the property is wonderfully located offering privacy and seclusion, while remaining close to some of North Wales great attractions.</p>
- A sprawling house in the Isle of Wight
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g503888-d2215159-Little_Orchard-Cowes_Isle_of_Wight_England.html#photos " target="_blank">Little Orchard</a> is an art deco-style detached house with rambling gardens. Its sleeps up to 14 in six bedrooms and costs £550 per night over the bank holiday weekend (which works out at £39 per person at full occupancy). Expansive, nicely decorated and within easy walking distance of Cowes Esplanade, seafront and the beach at the Royal Yacht Squadron, this is perfect for large groups.</p>
- A town house in Brighton
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g186273-d2097280-Dean_Street_Townhouse_stunning_3_bed_property-Brighton_East_Sussex_England.html#map" target="_blank">Dean Street Townhouse</a> is stylish and centrally located Brighton townhouse has three bedrooms, sleeps ten people and costs £495 per night during the August bank holiday weekend. Newly-decorated with a private courtyard, the property is well-located for a weekend in Brighton with many bars, restaurants and shops nearby.</p>
- A huge house in the Peak District
With 11 bedrooms, <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Search?q=Cliff+house%2C+bakewell&sub-search=SEARCH&geo=&returnTo=http%253A__2F____2F__www__2E__tripadvisor__2E__co__2E__uk__2F__" target="_blank">Cliff House</a> sleeps 26 and enjoys an enviable Peak District location with 360 degree views of the area and excellent walks nearby. This beautiful house is just a short walk to the pretty villages of Great Longstone, Little Longstone and Ashford in the Water.</p>
- A converted barn in Somerset
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g652382-d2223425-Red_Tiles-Shepton_Mallet_Somerset_England.html" target="_blank">Red Tiles</a> has two bedrooms, sleeps four and costs under £50 per person per night over the August bank holiday. The barn, with its red tiled roof, lies about one mile from Evercreech, on the outskirts of the farming hamlet of Stoney Stratton. The area is truly rural, with rolling hills and rich pasture all around. There are many local footpaths and lovely walks can be managed right from the doorstep.</p>
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- A thatched cottage in the Cotswolds
<a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g187068-d3269214-Letter_Box_Cottage-Chipping_Campden_Cotswolds_Gloucestershire_England.html" target="_blank">Letter Box Cottage</a> in Chipping Campden is a quaint cottage with two bedrooms. It sleeps four and costs £110 per night over the August bank holiday weekend (£28 per person at full occupancy). The property, boasting lovely original features, has a beautiful rose garden and is a well-located base from which to explore the Cotswolds.</p>
- A fisherman's cottage in the Scottish Highlands
Beautifully located, <a href="http:// http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g2137533-d1902451-Margaret_Street_Cottage-Avoch_Scottish_Highlands_Scotland.html#vrDescription" target="_blank">Margaret Street Cottage </a>cottage sleeps four and costs £105 per night over the August bank holiday weekend (£26 per person). Situated in the village of Avoch, on the Black Isle on the shores of the inner Moray Firth, this traditional fisherman's cottage retains much of its late 19th century character and is fully modernised to a high standard.</p>
- A pad with a view in West Yorkshire
Nestled within a two acre garden and with Pennine views, this cottage has two bedrooms, sleeps four and costs £80 per night over the August bank holiday weekend. <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/VacationRentalReview-g190786-d1455532-Cherry_Tree_Cottages_Pennine_Yorkshire_Halifax_UK-Halifax_West_Yorkshire_England.html#reviews" target="_blank">Cherry Tree cottage</a> offers beautiful views from the bedrooms and living rooms and larger groups can opt to also hire out the adjacent Heather Bank cottage. </p>
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