UK ‘colder than Finland’ as boozy Brits brave outdoor weekend before pubs open

Brits should brace themselves for a week of rain and thunderstorms following a chilly weekend that will see the UK colder than Finland.

Below average temperatures teamed with thundery showers will thrash the UK in unsettling weather that is expected to stick around until the end of May.

The Met Office warned of persistent heavy rain across the country, with a yellow weather warning in place for the south west of England.

Oli Claydon, a spokesman for the forecaster, said the bleak with "is set to remain for the foreseeable future."

He said: "Essentially the set-up in weather that we've got at the moment is set to remain for the foreseeable future."

So far, the UK has seen 53.6mm of rain up to May 11 – 77% of the month's average total, sparking concerns the dreary weather could make the month the wettest on record.

To make matters worse, chilly lows will see England warmer than Finland this weekend, with temperatures "way down on where they should be," BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor said.

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Mr Taylor said: "It’s even warmer in Finland than it is here in the UK where temperatures are well down on where they should be for this stage in the month.

"And to go with that cool feel there's more rain in the forecast this afternoon and particularly tomorrow with some nasty thundery downpour expected."

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Fortunately, the bleak weather won't put a damper on Brits plans to booze as they'll able to drink and dine indoors from Monday May 17.

At the moment, punters are only able to sesh outside with their mates in line with Boris Johnson's lockdown plan.

From Monday, they can swap their rain coats for the warmth of inside dining, with around 45,000 pubs expected to open for business.

Many would have been closed for six months, losing out on Bank Holiday, Christmas and New Year profits, some of the busiest times for the industry.

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