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Storm Debby to sweep in and end heatwave with rain and high winds this weekend

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 09/08/2018 Helena Horton
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The heatwave that had brought scorching weather across the UK for months came to a drizzly end this week.

Stormy weather and winds are expected to hit this weekend as the UK is lashed by the tail end of Storm Debby, which is currently battering the Atlantic.

Some transport disruption is expected from Friday, when 30mm is expected to fall in just one hour in some parts of the UK.

a group of people on a beach: People enjoyed the heatwave this summer © Joe Giddens/PA Wire People enjoyed the heatwave this summer

Hail storms and heavy rainfall is expected in the West throughout Friday and Saturday, while most of the UK can expect at least light rainfall.

Cricket fans are likely to be annoyed about the abrupt end to the heatwave, as the rain is likely to bring further disruption to England's second test against India at Lords.

The Met Office said that while the east of the UK won't bear the brunt of the watery weather, some rain can be expected and the situation will deteriorate as the weekend goes on.

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Those in the south east can expect dry, sunny weather for most of Friday, but rain by the end of the day.

Fresher weather this week was caused by gusts of Arctic air from Greenland, reducing temperatures by over 10 degrees in some parts of the country.

Showers will affect western parts "and these will become more widespread during the day, heavy and thundery in places", forecasters said.

People enjoy the sunshine outside coloured beach huts at North Bay, Scarborough, northern England, on August 7, 2018 as Europe continued to swealter in a heatwave. - Europe baked in near-record temperatures but some respite was on the horizon after weeks of nonstop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the region's new normal in an era of climate change. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP)        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty People enjoy the sunshine outside coloured beach huts at North Bay, Scarborough, northern England, on August 7, 2018 as Europe continued to swealter in a heatwave. - Europe baked in near-record temperatures but some respite was on the horizon after weeks of nonstop sunshine as people come to terms with what may prove to be the region's new normal in an era of climate change. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS / AFP) (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

The added: "Saturday will be bright in the east. However, wet and windy weather will spread to many parts from the west during the weekend."

Storm Debby did not hit the US mainland, forming 1,200 miles east of Boston on Tuesday with winds hitting 60mph.

Things soon died down as the storm lost its power, but it is still likely to cause some weather disruption to the UK.

COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Spectators shelter under an umbrella at the Lendy Cowes Week Regatta on August 7, 2018 in Cowes, England. The annual Cowes Week Regatta has been held on the Solent in early August every year since 1826 on the Solent. The event sees around 7,500 competitors from 14 countries, sailing over 700 boats over eight days. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images) © Getty COWES, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Spectators shelter under an umbrella at the Lendy Cowes Week Regatta on August 7, 2018 in Cowes, England. The annual Cowes Week Regatta has been held on the Solent in early August every year since 1826 on the Solent. The event sees around 7,500 competitors from 14 countries, sailing over 700 boats over eight days. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Despite the drizzle, there is a sunny outlook ahead; we are due to enjoy a record warm Autumn.

The Met Office predicted this week: “For August-October, the probability the UK average temperature will fall into the warmest of our five categories is around 55 per cent.

"The coldest of our five categories is less than 5 per cent.”

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