BBC Weather has warned a deluge of rain will batter much of Britain on Friday, with the risk of thunderstorms and gusts of up to 50mph. The Met Office has issued a weather warning for rain as forecasters warned of the risk of localised flooding. BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas warned Britons of the unsettled conditions bringing a damp start to the weekend for many.
She said: “There is a fairly serene start to the day for some of us, but things are going to be going downhill through the day.
“We have got some clear skies for some places but the cloud is streaming in from the west on this area of low-pressure which is going to bring us some wet and windy weather across all of the EU through the course of today.
“Particularly heavy rainfall across Wales and the southwest of England which may well lead to a bit of travel disruption today, quite a lot of lying surface water and some localised flooding possible as well.
“Through this morning though that rain working its way from west to east, clearing out of Northern Ireland. Patchy rain for Scotland, but England and Wales will see that fairly heavy and persistent rain working its way west to east through the course of the day.”
Particularly heavy rainfall across Wales and the southwest of England
BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas
Keith-Lucas added: “It’s not just the rain today but we have got those strong and gusty winds too. Gusts about 30mph to 40mph but there could be gusts of around 45mph or even 50mph around exposed coasts in the west.
“Temperatures not great 17C to 19C under the rain, towards the northwest, though for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland, we could see 21C or 22C.”
Looking towards the weekend, the BBC Weather forecaster said: “Overnight it clears away from the south coast. Still some heavy showers and thunderstorms rattling in towards the far northwest. And quite a mild night with temperatures generally holding up about 12C to 16C.”
The BBC Weather forecaster claimed Saturday’s weather conditions would “not be a write-off”, but added there would be blustery conditions with some showers in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
She said: “In the sunshine, 21C or so in the warmest spots.”
Keith-Lucas also claimed a weather system currently barrelling across France could nudge towards the southeast of the UK overnight Saturday and into Sunday bringing more heavy rainfall.
She finished: “There is a hint though that things will get gradually drier, and brighter as we head through the course of next week.”
Her forecast comes as the Met Office issues a weather warning for rain for much of Wales and the south-west, likely to cause some travel disruption.
The weather warning, in place between 8am and 10pm, reads: “Rain is expected to become widespread and heavy at times during Friday.
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“Heavy rain may also coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening leading to difficult driving conditions on major routes.
“The heaviest rain is most likely over high ground, where some places may see 60-80mm.
“Strong winds are also expected with 30-40 mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills.”
Despite the unsettled conditions, some weather forecasters are predicting conditions will increase towards the end of the month.
Leading bookmakers have, however, slashed odds on this month going down as the wettest month on record.
Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead wrote: “We’ve already had significantly over the average for the month in terms of rainfall and with the continued forecast we are almost certainly now headed for the wettest August ever.”
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