The UK is bracing for a powerful weather system to crash into the country, likely to cause huge disruption to Britons this weekend. The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain on Saturday as the powerful Atlantic system barrels across the country. The warning says Britain could see localised flooding and adds the heavy rain could cause chaos on the roads.
The alert is in place for much of Saturday in Wales, the northwest and southwest of England.
The Met Office said: “A spell of heavy rain is expected to develop across western parts of England and Wales, becoming slow-moving in some areas.
“There is a lot of uncertainty in where the rain becomes prolonged but some locations are likely to see 15-25 mm during the day with isolated totals of 40-60 mm possible over higher ground in particular.
“Rain is expected to ease through the course of Saturday night.”
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The Met Office has also warned of powerful winds hitting the country this weekend.
Meteorologist Alex Deakin warned of a band of rain sweeping across Britain on Friday before another Atlantic system hits on Saturday.
Looking at Friday evening, he said: “That band of rain pushes north, potential quite heavy rain, sweeps from west to east throughout Friday evening, again followed by some clear spells before the next batch of wet weather arrives.
“That sets us up into the weekend. A couple of zones of rain to keep an eye on. This one above Scotland could be heavy and persistent. This zone two across England and Wales.
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A spell of heavy rain is expected to develop across western parts of England and Wales, becoming slow-moving in some areas
“As well as turning wet this weekend, there will be gusty winds, especially it looks like across the south and the far north.
“In between, there will be dryer spells, there will be some sunshine around, but it will not feel particularly warm.”
Mr Deakin claimed that rain was a “cause for concern”, sparking localised flooding issues and travel disruption.
The Met Office forecaster claimed conditions would slightly ease on Sunday, with rain more “showery in nature” giving “dryer periods”.
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Temperatures have picked up towards the end of this week after thermometers overnight tumbled to as low as -5C in some areas at the start of the week.
Brits have been waking up to frost, as temperatures struggled to climb, but low-pressure from that Atlantic will force a turbulent weekend of rain and strong winds.
But, the Met Office has warned temperatures could dip in the first half of November, which could see the UK facing snowfall.
The Met Office long-range forecast from Tuesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 14, warns of wintry showers over higher ground.
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The statement reads: “Tuesday is looking rather unsettled with patchy rain and showers, some heavy, for much of the UK.
“The worst of the weather looks to be in the southeast with drier conditions further north with a few showers. It will be rather cold for most and remaining breezy.
“Looking further ahead, the unsettled theme continues with further outbreaks of rain for most parts interspersed with drier and brighter spells.
“The far north may become drier and cooler at times with some wintry showers over northern hills.
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“The changeable weather is likely to clear southeastwards towards the end of the week leaving more settled conditions for the following weekend, perhaps lasting until the end of the period. Temperatures a little lower than average, exacerbated by the wind and rain at times.”
Bookmakers have once again slashed the winter weather odds with Coral offering 1-6 on November snowfall.
Spokesman John Hill said: “With temperatures set to drop rapidly over the next few days, we have slashed the odds on November being a record cold month in the UK.
“The betting suggests we will almost certainly see snowfall in November and it could come sooner rather than later.”