It's actually a lot brighter here in Manchester now. Yes we've had rain, but it was much worse Warrington way, where friend & me went for lunch. Bad driving back on motorway, until nearly home when realised there hadnt been any rain this end! That didnt last, but not as bad as expected.
Ironically I may have to water some large patio pots as they are underneath a very large tree, on adjacent land. That sometimes acts as an umbrella depending on which direction the rain is coming from. J.