Rewind just a few weeks and Britons were flocking to beaches as the country basked in temperatures more familiar to those who live in the Mediterranean.
But, as perhaps we have come to expect, the Great British summer has already come to an abrupt halt – with a 1,500-mile-wide storm due to hit the country on Friday night.
The sudden change in weather signals the start of an “early autumn”, experts claimed, with heavy, blustery showers expected and up to 20mm of rain falling in places.
The weather will intensify on Saturday as temperatures drop to 11C overnight.
The RAC warned of severe travel disruption, with thousands expected to have their journeys delayed as they set off ahead of the Bank Holiday next week.
Rod Dennis, a spokesman for the RAC, said: “Anyone towing a caravan this weekend or driving on exposed coastal routes will need to be extra alert – while temperatures will hold up, motorists could be taken by surprise by the mix of gusty winds and heavy showers.
“Take extra care when overtaking high-sided vehicles not to get buffeted of course, and reduce your speed accordingly.”
Emma Sharples, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said south west England and south Wales – areas popular with tourists at this time of year – would experience the strongest winds. Gusts of up to 45mph will also hit those inland.
“It is going to be quite different to what we have had of late, there are no two ways about that,” she said. “There is going to be a lot more cloud, rain and quite strong winds.”
The low pressure system will spread north east across the UK, with the rain and wind continuing overnight on Saturday and into Sunday.
“The wind will be really quite strong in some areas as the weather intensifies,” the forecaster added. “We warn for impact and given that we are in the middle of the holidays, the potential for impact is higher than usual.”
The system is expected to move away by Sunday night. The weather is expected to stay unsettled next week, with heavy showers continuing. The south will see some bright spells.