The UK is bracing itself for a washout weekend just a few days after the hottest August Bank Holiday on record. So make sure you cover up your summer garden furniture before the heavens open!

Temperatures rose to 33.3C at Heathrow on Sunday (August 25th) and 33.2C on Monday, breaking previous records for the weekend. The last high temperature for August Bank Holiday Sunday was 28.2C in 2017, while mercury levels soared to 31.5C during Bank Holiday Monday in 2001.

However, the sunshine has not lasted and Brits can expect heavy rains over the next few days, thanks to a huge Atlantic system heading towards the UK.

BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood was reported by The Express as predicting that winds could reach speeds of 45 miles per hour in Scotland and Northern Ireland, while temperatures could drop to as low as 6C in some areas.

“It is courtesy of this weather front and look how it extends all the way into the Atlantic, so that is going to be with us all the way into the weekend, depositing more rain,” Ms Kirkwood went on to say.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for the weekend, with conditions “unsettled” across Northern Ireland and north-west England.

Therefore, gardening enthusiasts who still have their rattan furniture on their Lancashire decking and their BBQ ready to alight should consider covering their items to protect them from the potential floods.

Real Homes has revealed there are plenty of garden furniture covers on offer at the moment, including ones that protect dining sets and corner lounges, saving you the trouble of putting large items away before the rain falls.