Britain is to be hit by 70mph gales, hail and thunder from today with two days of heavy rain set to fall in an HOUR (and it’s only going to get colder)
- Gales of up to 70mph are set to batter south Wales, Devon and Cornwall by this evening and through night
- Although the temperature could reach 14C today it will feel colder due to blustery winds and showers of rain
- High ground in Scotland could see some snow by the start of the new week but it’s looking unlikely elsewhere
Britain is facing a washout weekend with heavy showers expected to bring two days rainfall in just one hour as well as strong gales of up to 70mph in some parts.
Temperatures are also set to drop tonight with the north and east of England seeing highs of only 5C and it’ll feel even colder because of the strong gusts of wind.
The Met Office currently has two flood warnings in England, four in Scotland and one in Wales and these will be updated throughout the day as the showers continue.
A Met Office forecaster, told MailOnline: ‘There will be lots of windy showers today and some places, mainly in the west, and we can expect 5-10mm of rain to fall in just one hour.
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A woman uses a newspaper to shield herself from the rain while walking around London on Friday afternoon
Heavy showers and strong winds are predicted across the country today while the weather is set to brighten up tomorrow
Rough seas splash against Brighton seafront during a dark and cloudy day yesterday
‘There may also be some hail and thunder mixed in with the showers. And north Wales may see 20-30mm throughout the day, although this is standard for the time of year.’
Usually in December the UK has an average of 120mm of rain during the month, or around 3.8mm each day meaning today’s downpours are especially heavy.
As well as the rain, Britain will have to deal with gales of up to 70mph which will hit northern England on Saturday morning and batter south Wales, Devon and Cornwall by the evening.
The Met Office said: ‘There’s no weather warnings out yet as most of the strongest gusts are expected to be through the night, but people should still be prepared for the strong winds later.’
By the late afternoon clearer, less blustery weather will develop in the north, however this means frost and ice could form overnight on Saturday.
An uprooted tree in Birmingham after heavy winds of up to 80mph battered the Midlands during bad weather in November
The wind will continue into Sunday with scattered showers continuing towards the north and west, and the chance that some of these could be wintry.
Although the outlook is a little cheerier with a dryer and brighter day predicted, the Met Office warns it will become colder and feel even worse because of a change in wind direction to a ‘north flow.’
The Met Office said: ‘Although we could see highs of 14C today it will feel colder due to the wind changing to a north flow and temperatures will drop by Sunday.
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‘Tomorrow the temperatures are down, but highs in the north and central England are still above average for what we’d expect at this time of year.
‘Northern and eastern England will see highs of 5 or 6C but it will feel colder because of the wind.’
High ground in Scotland could also see some snow over the weekend and into the start of the new week.
The Met Office spokesperson said: ‘Snow is looking unlikely at the moment but as we get into the middle of the week things become more unsettled and it is not out of the question.’
The Met Office has several flood warnings in place this morning however none of them are of the most severe category
Gales of up to 70mph will hit northern England this morning and batter south Wales, Devon and Cornwall by the evening
The Met Office warns it will become colder on Sunday and feel worse because of a change in wind direction to a ‘north flow’
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