BRITS are shivering during what could be the coldest August bank holiday EVER – but bookies have slashed the odds on next month being the warmest September on record.
Hardy stacationers are making in a bid to enjoy the long weekend – even as Met Office forecasters record highs of just 11c in some places.
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That means it's been colder so far today than the record low of 11.2c for a late bank holiday August in England.
That temperature was recorded in Malham Tarn in northern Yorkshire in 1986.
And it also means the UK is currently colder than Moscow – where it's 21c.
Despite the washout end to August, bookmaker Coral makes it 2-1 that this September goes on to be the hottest on record.
“We've endured some miserable August weather but it's going to get better.
"We've slashed the odds on this September being the hottest ever,” said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.
Met Office forecasters are less optimistic, predicting mixed weather as autumn arrives.
Greg Dewhurst said "high pressure" is causing the plunging temperatures this weekend.
"The highest temperature we've seen so far is 18.1c, although we're expecting a maximum of around 20c," he said.
"That's broadly similar to the weather yesterday, when there were highs of 19c.
"The lowest temperature high we've seen so far today is in Shropshire, where just 11c was recorded.
"That's also similar to yesterday, when it was even colder at 10c."
He said the weather is "feeling more autumnal".
"In the week ahead, it does start to get milder, particularly from Wednesday," he said.
"However, it'll also be wetter and windier."
Asked if he'd be taking a punt on the Coral bet for early autumn, Mr Dewhurst said: "I'd never bet on the weather.
"This month started with a heatwave, and then we had two named storms, all within weeks.
"The weather is very fickle."
Despite the 'polar plunge' that's brought such miserable late summer weather, plenty of Brits are heading out to beaches around the country.
And there's lots of sunshine around the West Country, although temperatures haven't risen beyond the high teens.
BBC meteorologist Phil Avery said "west is certainly best", with the best prospects of a "decent day" on Sunday for those wanting to get out and about.
The chilly Bank Holiday should see an overall 15C drop from the scorching temperatures recorded this time last year when the mercury reached 33C.
Across the weekend, strong gusts of wind reaching up to 50 miles per hour are expected, while Scotland could even see some frost.
It follows a week of wild weather as August ends in a washout.
The bank holiday weekend kicked off with power cuts after forecasters warned of thunderstorms.
And ahead of the holiday, Plymouth City Council has been grappling with a "biblical" downpour which saw around three feet of water flooding some areas, leaving main roads underwater.
Tourism chiefs in Cornwall warned the county is 'full' after flash flooding – and a spike in visitors – caused traffic mayhem.
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