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Temperatures are expected to remain gloomy and below average for the rest of the summer month.Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

The Met Office has predicted below-average temperatures for the rest of July and early August, squashing rumours of the arrival of a supposed British heatwave. Although temperatures are expected to rise slightly over the weekend, it will be followed by rain and a drop in temperatures by early next week.

The rest of the month is due to see scattered weather patterns, with the occasional rain showers at times. The north-west parts of the country is expected to see the heaviest and most frequent spells of rain, alongside brisk winds at times.

A spokesperson for the Met Office told IBTimes UK: "The current forecast is for temperatures to drop a little as we go into next week, to around or a little below average for the time of year. Through the rest of July and into the first part of August, whilst there will then be some interludes of warm and humid conditions – especially in the southeast – temperatures should average out near or just below average."

Ahead of a rainy start to next week, Britons will be eager for some sunshine this weekend as a number of major events are due to take place. Alongside the Wimbledon final on 10 July, the Wireless Festival (Finsbury Park), the British Summer Time Festival (Hyde Park) and the British Grand Prix at Silverstone will also take place this weekend.

Although some showers are predicted for the weekend, this is likely to be restricted to parts of the north-east. The southeast will enjoy the best of the dry weather, before the rain creeps in on Monday. Meanwhile, the T in the Park festival has not been as lucky, with festival goers warned of rain and muddy conditions.

Talking about Sunday's temperatures, a Met Office spokesperson said: "Mostly dry and warm with some bright or sunny intervals developing, especially in the east. Feeling humid with a maximum temperature of 25C."