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UK weather: Thunder, hail and gale-force winds to batter Britain over rainy weekend

Mirror logo Mirror 24/10/2020 Jeremy Culley
a person holding an umbrella: Brits are being warned to expect an inclement weekend © PA Brits are being warned to expect an inclement weekend

Britain is set to be buffeted by storms and showery weather this weekend.

Heavy rain, thunder hail and some gale-force winds are set to hit as more areas go under stricter coronavirus lockdowns.

Those in South Yorkshire, Coventry, Slough and Stoke-on-Trent will be especially put out by the inclement weather, as they face new measures including bans on indoor socialising.

There could be some bright weather in the east of England at the start of Saturday, but heavy rain in the North West will gradually head across the whole of the country.

Temperatures will remain mild over the weekend, and a long-term forecast suggests relatively warm weather will last well into November.

The East and South East will enjoy a drier end to Saturday, but there will be heavy showers in the western parts of the UK, with some hail and thunder, the Met Office forecasts.

Sunday is set to be slightly chillier, with fewer showers and more dry, sunny intervals, although the threat of heavy rain will remain.

Meanwhile, the remnants of Hurricane Epsilon could be hitting the UK and the rest of Europe at the start of next week.

Gale-force winds could hit the country over the weekend © PA Gale-force winds could hit the country over the weekend

The stormy conditions are set to hit Ireland on Wednesday morning and will blight much of the UK.

The Met Office said: “Unsettled conditions are expected to dominate during the period, with most parts of the UK seeing plenty of cloud and outbreaks of rain and showers.

“It will often be windy, with a risk of gales or even severe gales, especially in coastal areas."


Today:

A bright start in eastern England but rain in the northwest will move across all areas by evening, heavy for some and accompanied by strong to gale winds. Northern and western areas turning brighter with heavy showers later. Mild.



Tonight:

Rain in some south-eastern parts will clear. Showers, some heavy with hail and thunder, will continue to affect western and some southern coastal counties, only a few reaching the east.



Sunday:

A mix of sunny intervals and showers, some of these heavy with possible hail or thunder. Showers fewest in some eastern areas. Windy especially in the northwest. Less mild.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:

Remaining unsettled and often windy with showers and longer spells of rain pushing east across the country. A couple of short-lived spells of more settled weather in-between.

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