23/04/2012 11:24 BST | Updated 23/04/2012 11:46 BST

UK Weather: April Showers Set To Continue With Heavier Rain On The Way

April showers are set to continue with Britain braced for a week of heavy rain.

The downpours may be interspersed with some sunshine, but with forecasters predicting a unsettled outlook and a particularly wet Wednesday, weather for the week ahead is looking grim.

People venturing outdoors will continue to need their umbrellas on Monday and Tuesday as bands of heavy rain travel across the south of England and Wales.

Thunderstorms are predicted for the South East, while the rest of the country will see a combination of rain and sunshine.

That will be followed by another wave of heavy rain that will spread north east across England and Wales on Wednesday.

That day's rain is forecast to be the strongest of the next few days, with high winds across the country, including Northern Ireland and Scotland.

People have been venting their frustration on Twitter at the continuing downpours, especially as drought warnings continue to be broadcast by the Environment Agency.

However heavy rain experienced now will not necessarily make up for the "exceptionally dry" weather that Britain has experienced over the past 24 months.

Heavy showers or longer spells of rain will arrive on Thursday, but with some sunny spells developing in the south. There will be a chance of hail and thunder.

Prince William and Kate Middleton enjoyed their anniversary despite the rain.

Further rain will fall on Friday, becoming more persistent and widespread in the afternoon.

Temperatures will vary between a maximum of 12C-16C and a minimum of 1C-3C.

Chris Burton, meteorologist at MeteoGroup UK, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "The UK will be dominated by low-pressure systems through this week which move in from the Atlantic and then stall across the British Isles.

"Conditions will remain unsettled into the weekend with further rain at times. But it will be drier for a time across Scotland and Northern Ireland on Saturday."