AUGUST should be a time for basking in the sunshine but it looks like this summer's wet weather is going to continue.

The UK experienced the wettest July in five years and whilst the forecast for the rest of the week is hopeful, rain throughout August is set to continue.

With the forecast for the rest of the month not looking positive, it looks as though August bank holiday will be far from warm and dry.

Paul Michaelwaite, weather forecaster, said: "The forecast doesn't look fantastic for the rest of August to be honest, obviously it may change but I wouldn't want anyone to hold their breath.

"For August, the jet stream should be somewhere north of Scotland but it is currently in England.

"As for the rest of this week, we should see a brief improvement on Thursday and it should be nice on Friday.

"The weekend doesn't look too bad either, we might even see a bit of sunshine."

Temperatures should remain at around 19 degrees throughout the week and into next week with Thursday looking the most likely to remain dry.

The heavy rain and winds are likely to return on Friday but should clear to leave warm and sunny spells throughout the weekend.

The Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for rain for parts of the UK, including the East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East Anglia and the South East.

In some places 0.8in (20mm) to 1.2in (30mm) is predicted to fall within two or three hours.

"An area of heavy rain will sink slowly southwards across the east and south east of England during Wednesday," said the Met Office.