Flood warnings have been issued up and down the UK as torrential rain looks set to batter much of Britain throughout the remainder of this week. The forecast from the Met Office looks grim just in time for the weekend, with several inches of rain forecast to fall in one of the wettest weekends of the autumn so far.
– Flood warnings issued for parts of England and Scotland
– Heavy rain expected from today into the weekend
– Hail and thunder expected in parts
From today through the rest of the weekend, most of Britain will see heavy downpours thanks to a low-pressure system making its way across the Atlantic.
While Thursday is set to be dry and bright for much of the day, the rain and wind is set to begin overnight before continuing into Friday morning.
The Met Office report makes for unpleasant reading, with tonight’s predictions showing downpours for the north making their way toward the south overnight.
The report for the weekend reads: “Rain soon clearing southeast England. Most parts seeing sunny spells but also showers, most of these in the northwest where some will be heavy with hail and thunder.
“Remaining unsettled with further rain at times, heaviest in the west, with occasional drier and brighter spells particularly in the east. Mild and often windy with coastal gales likely.”
10.49am update: Flood warnings removed for England.
The three flood warnings in place for England are no longer in force.
10.39am update: Carol Kirkwood warns 45mph winds and thundery downpours
Western areas of the UK are forecast experience stronger gusts at more than 40mph.
BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood said: “This is the front that’s been moving eastwards overnight, a ridge of high pressure follows on behind. And then this next area of low pressure with its fronts comes our way later.
‘When we eventually lose all this cloud and rain from the east coast, it will brighten up. Winds will ease, lingering longer in the Shetlands. You might not see the backhand of it until the afternoon.”
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8am update: Long range forecast predicts more settled end to the month
The Met Office forecast reads: “The end of November is likely to be generally settled with high pressure set to dominate, with settled conditions expected to be more prolonged in central and south-eastern areas.
“However, occasional unsettled periods do remain possible, although likely to be short-lived and mostly affecting north-western areas of the UK.
“Temperatures are probably remaining around average at first, feeling mild, before possibly turning colder than average into December with increased risk of overnight frosts.
“The chance of wintry precipitation could also be increasing into December, notably for northern higher ground.”