UK weather: Summer's 'worst week of weather' on the way

... as punters bet on wettest July ever

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Britain is set for gales, rain and cooler temperatures as forecasters predict the "worst week of weather" this summer.

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The Met Office says the next few days will bring heavy rain for many and scattered thundery showers with flooding.

For Sunday it says: "Scattered showers will develop through the morning with some heavy, thundery downpours but also some good spells of sunshine. Remaining cloudier for eastern Scotland and northeast England with persistent rain."

The forecast for next week is rain on Monday, isolated showers on Tuesday before more rain returns on Wednesday.

According to The Sun, temperatures will be between 22C and 24C next week, with the unsettled weather extending to the end of July and possibly August.

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The Daily Mirror reports that The Weather Outlook predicted the "worst week of weather" this summer, adding that children are likely to be "stuck indoors" for the school holidays.

Met Office forecaster Charlie Powell told the newspaper: "The wet, windy and showery weather is the opposite of the dry conditions we've been used to recently.

"Temperatures are distinctly average for the start of school holidays. It's not beach weather for some."

Meanwhile, Ladbrokes' weather odds have been making a splash this week, with punters backing July 2017 to be the wettest on record.

Britain was hit with scorching heat last month but the sizzling days could be over as the bookies have reported that bets for July 2017 to be the wettest ever have been flooding in, with odds being slashed in half from 10/1 to just 5/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Without trying to rain on anyone's parade, we've had to trim odds of this summer being an especially wet one - with no sign of an improvement in temperatures forecast any time soon.

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