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UK weather forecast: Mercury to plunge 'close to freezing' in parts of the UK with further downpours ahead

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 10/08/2018 Ella Wills

Forecasters have warned of plunging temperatures across the UK in the wake of Tropical Storm Debby.

The Met Office said temperatures could fall "close to freezing" in the north of Scotland on Saturday, while southern parts could see temperatures reach single figures.

It follows a period of wet and windy weather in parts of the east and south east.

Showers that blighted the capital on Friday are set to move east overnight, leaving mostly dry and clear conditions, the Met Office said.

But Brits in London and the south east face further downpours on Sunday.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told the Standard that Saturday will be a "largely dry start and quite chilly".

The east and south east of the UK this week have been battered by heavy rain and strong winds, sparked by low pressure from Storm Debby.

But Mr Petagna said the showers will clear to leave a dry night across much of the UK on Saturday.

Storm Debby today dissipated over the North Atlantic, he said.

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Met Police officers brave wet and windy conditions (PA)

However Brits are set for plunging temperatures this weekend after weeks of scorching temperatures throughout the country.

"Temperatures could be close to freezing in the north of Scotland," he said.

"And in southern parts it could get into single figures."

Mr Petagna said there will be "plenty of sunshine" on Saturday, but cold and rain will start to move south by the evening.

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Pedestrians dash through the streets of central London during a downpour (AFP/Getty Images)

"It will be fairly breezy as that rain comes in," he said.

By Sunday, Londoners should expect bursts of heavy rain, he said.

Clouds are forecast to bring showers over the capital, with the heaviest forecast to the west.

The mercury is predicted to reach highs of 23C in London over the weekend.

Londoners woke to grey skies and showers this morning after basking in highs above 30C over the weekend.

The American National Hurricane Centre said Storm Debby formed 1,200 miles east of Boston on Tuesday but was not expected to make landfall in the US.

Violent thunderstorms hit the UK on Tuesday following the country’s longest heatwave in 40 years.

Record breaking temperatures have been recorded across Europe sparking forest fires in Greece, Portugal and Sweden.

Experts have said “warmer than average” temperatures are expected to continue until October.

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