Weekend washout for Brits with 65mph winds and widespread rain

A wet and windy end to the week is in store for Britain while the threat of snow looms into next week.

65mph winds are likely in parts of the UK and up to 5cm of snow could fall in the Highlands of Scotland, as a new weather system moves in "that will change everything".

The weather has been something of a mixed bag across the country in the aftermath of Storm Brendan earlier in the month, with temperatures plummeting to as low as -7C, despite bright sunshine.

But the cold snap has subdued, bringing with it mellower temperatures, with some places seeing double figures.


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And the unpredictability of British winters will not disappoint anytime soon with "pockets of blue sky among a mass of cloud" expected over the next couple of days, according to BBC meteorologist Nick Miller.

While MeteoGroup is forecasting a heavier band of rain which will sweep across the UK on Sunday.

Drizzle and fog have characterised much of Thursday night and Friday is not much better with clouds, more rain and mist forecast before things really kick into gear over the weekend.

Greg Dewhurst, Met Office meteorologist, said of today: "It is going to be generally cold across the UK, most places will stay cold and there will be some glimpses of sun. A lot of places will be staying dry.

"As we go into the weekend, Saturday is pretty much identical to Friday," he continued.

"It will be mostly cold at times, perhaps some patchy rain and drizzle in the west. Temperatures will be around 9C.  Later in the day it is going to be wetter and windier into the far west.

"On Sunday there will be bands of rain across the UK, which could be wintrier over the high ground."


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The Met Office has not issued any weather warnings, though the Environment Agency has put 35 flood alerts in place, but eight are warnings are no longer in force.

MeteoGroup agrees that there is a distinct "risk of wintry showers" in the north west, which carry through into Monday, as will strengthening winds.

Mr Miller said temperatures are "at or a little bit above average for the time if year" but said overnight cloud is set to continue, at least for Saturday, but said the day might be a "bit brighter across parts of eastern England".

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"Showers push in towards Wales, western England, [and] northern Ireland."

He said breeze and rain "gathering in the far northwest of Scotland" is the start of "a weather system that will change everything to end the weekend".

"It's a front that will move south on Sunday, with rain but behind it a colder brighter air mass with a few showers.

"So on Sunday we will all see a spell of rain at some stage, early in the northwest, late in the far southeast, behind it if it's still daylight it will brighten up.


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"You'll get a few showers though, wintry on the hills in the colder air mass that's following, especially in Scotland," he continued. "And this weather system heralds a change to the return of low pressure with occasional spells of wind and rain again next week." 

The Met Office's long range weather forecast, for Tuesday to Thursday, predicts more of an "unsettled theme with a mixture of locally heavy rain and showers with colder and brighter interludes".

"The heaviest of the rain is likely to be focused over western parts with snow possible across some northern hills.

"It will be windy throughout with a chance of gales at times, which will reduce the risk of overnight frost and fog. Towards the end of the period the south and east may see slightly more settled conditions moving in.

"This will lead to an increased risk of frost and fog overnight. Temperatures will fluctuate between mild and rather cold at times as bands of rain move across the UK."

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today:

Many areas staying cloudy, after a murky, even foggy, start in parts of the south, with a little drizzle. Some rain folding back into northwestern parts later but northeast Scotland seeing decent breaks – after showers clear the far north.

Tonight:

Most parts cloudy, with a little rain or drizzle in places. A few clearer breaks in the northeast and in southern areas, perhaps with a touch of frost.

The rather cloudy, mostly dry theme continues. A little drizzle in places, while odd showers affect parts of southwest Britain. Northwest Scotland remains windy with heavier rain arriving later.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:

Rain will sweep across all parts on Sunday, then Monday and Tuesday brighter with showers, heavy and wintry in the north. Windier than of late with a risk of gales.

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