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UK weather: Warnings issued as Britain braces for heavy rain and high winds

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Britain is braced for heavy rain and high winds as the weekend will "feel more like autumn than August", according to the Met Office.

After some wet weather on Wednesday, yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday.

Heavy rain on Friday will give way to gale-force winds and "unseasonable" weather as the weekend continues.

a close up of a tower in the dark: Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday - PA © PA Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind come in to force across large swathes of the UK on Friday and Saturday - PA

Met Office meteorologist, Sarah Kent, said: "On Wednesday night, there is still some thunder over Scotland, but throughout the night, any heavy showers should be dropping away for most."

Scotland saw some heavy rain on Wednesday, and one man was filmed attempting to cycle through a deluge near Edinburgh Airport.

Heavy rain will then develop throughout Thursday night into Friday, and will be followed by more heavy showers.

A woman crosses the Millennium Bridge in central London during a downpour of rain, as more rainy weather and thunderstorms brought further flood warnings across the UK. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire A woman crosses the Millennium Bridge in central London during a downpour of rain, as more rainy weather and thunderstorms brought further flood warnings across the UK. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A yellow "be aware" weather warning is in place across all of Wales and Northern Ireland, and most of England and Scotland, as some places could receive more than two inches of rain.

Ms Kent added: "The first band of rain could bring 30mm of rain in places, and if you draw the short straw, then you could get another 30mm with the showers that follow.

"Some places might get as much as 60mm of rain."

Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as they cross the Millennium Bridge in central London, during a downpour of rain, as more rainy weather and thunderstorms brought further flood warnings across the UK. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire Pedestrians shelter under umbrellas as they cross the Millennium Bridge in central London, during a downpour of rain, as more rainy weather and thunderstorms brought further flood warnings across the UK. Picture date: Monday August 5, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

A yellow weather warning for wind across all of Wales and central and southern England follows on Saturday.

Although Scotland and northern England escapes the wind warning, a yellow guidance is in place for thunderstorms.

Ms Kent said "it will be unseasonably windy", with gusts in the warning area reaching 40 or 50mph.

In more exposed areas, the winds could be even higher.

Ms Kent added: "The English Channel coast could see winds in excess of 60mph.

A car is driven through localised flooding near Leeming in Yorkshire, on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June. A car is driven through localised flooding near Leeming in Yorkshire, on what is expected to be the hottest day of the year, as thunderstorms could bring a month's worth of rain to parts of the UK, before the hottest temperatures of the year so far bring a balmy end to June.

"Saturday is going to be a very unseasonal day, it could feel more like autumn than August."

Due to the forecast, people travelling over the weekend are being warned to expect delays and disruption to their journeys.

Boardmasters music festival in Newquay, Cornwall, was cancelled at the 11th hour in anticipation of the bad weather.

While performances at the event, which included slots from stars such as Wu-Tang Clan, Florence + The Machine and Foals, were not due to begin until Friday, doors were set to open to visitors on Wednesday.

In a statement posted on Twitter at 11pm on Tuesday, the festival said "we sincerely regret the disappointment to fans, and apologise for any disruption caused to local businesses".

It added: "The safety of you, the fans and attendees, as well as performers and crew comes first."

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