UK weather forecast – Grim first spring weekend as thick dark cloud sweeps across UK before 80mph Storm Freya sends temperatures plummeting

Saturday will be a grim mix of showers and cloudy weather for the vast majority of us thanks to an Atlantic weather front blowing in from the west.

Slight spells of sunshine for some eastern parts will quickly disappear behind a blanket of cloud mid the mid-afternoon.

And by the evening, a front of heavy rain will stretch from the north of Scotland all the way down through England and Wales.

The band of wet weather will then push out to the North Sea overnight on Saturday.

A glimmer of good news for weather watchers will be that temperatures should hold up around the high single-figures – and possibly reaching the low teens in parts.

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The Met Office said of Saturday's weather: "It will be mostly dry and cloudy with the odd bright spell in the morning, although there will be rain in Northern Ireland and westernmost parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

"In the afternoon, a band of rain will sweep eastwards, affecting most parts, some of which will be heavy. Brisk winds."

And forecasters at Meteogroup said: "Early rain slowly clearing the east, allowing some sunny spells to develop.

"Wet and windy weather then reaching Northern Ireland and western Scotland by lunchtime, then transferring elsewhere during the rest of the day. Feeling mild in any sunshine."

But the dreary weather experienced on Saturday will soon make way to much more dramatic – and dangerous – conditions later in the weekend.

Met Office forecaster Laura Tobin warned of "a quickly developing low pressure arriving Sunday" – as Storm Freya sweeps in.

She said that wind gusts would widely reach 65mph in England and Wales – with gusts of up to 80mph in parts.

A yellow weather warning is in place in Northern, Central and South West England and Wales from 3pm on Sunday to 6am on Monday.

The Met Office warning reads: "Storm Freya will bring very strong winds, with some travel disruption and possible dangerous conditions late Sunday and into Monday."

It tells of the potential for injuries from flying debris and possible travel disruption and power cuts.

There could also be the potential for snow in parts next week as temperatures plummet following the record-breaking February scorcher.


Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall told The Sun Online: "March will get off to an unsettled start with wet and windy weather this weekend.

"Winds could get up to 50-60mph, particularly in the north of the UK.

"The general forecast through the first half of the month will be changeable with wet and wind weather and cooler, brighter, showery interludes typical for this time of year.

"March should see temperatures slightly below average, which is 10-11C in the south and 8-9C in the north.

"The second half of March will bring some signs of dryer conditions and a return to slightly warmer weather.

"Northern parts however will still be on the unsettled side.

"Snow will be returning to the UK after the recent sunny weather but only over the hills and mountains in northern areas."


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