UK weather LIVE: Britons braced for ferocious winds and heavy downpours

Weather forecasters predict a mixed weather forecast for the upcoming weekend with higher than average temperatures hitting alongside bone-chilling strong winds and persistent thunderous rain spells. But ahead of the weekend, Friday’s forecast echoes this changeable pattern with a heavy band of rain moving across the country before unleashing sunny spells interspersed with scattered showers.


  • Friday will start with rainy spells before a mix of showers and downpours breakthrough.
  • A band of intensely heavy rain will move eastwards during the day.
  • Several flood alerts are currently in force in England and Scotland.

The Met Office issued rain warnings for earlier this week, but the rain is unlikely to stop in the coming days.

The weather forecast for Friday reads: “Band of rain, heavy in places, over central areas moving east, to clear the far southeast early afternoon.

“Many southern and eastern parts then dry with sunny spells, with scattered showers further west, these heavy in the northwest where windy.”

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8.09am update: Britain faces weekend washout with ferocious winds thrashing at the country

Britain is braced for a wet weekend with intense and “heavy” rain spells moving across much of the country.

A Met Office forecaster warns Britons to expect the “wet weather to become pretty extensive towards Saturday”.

He added: “It looks like Saturday morning could be largely dry across East Anglia and the southeast, we may not see too much rain across northern Scotland.

“There will be drier slots elsewhere but you get the impression Saturday is going to be a cloudy day for most, a windy day as well and at times some quite heavy pulses of rain moving through.

“Winds coming up from the south so it will be pretty mild again, we could get up into the mid-teens in places, but it will feel cooler with the wind and the rain and there’s more to come on Sunday as well.

“This large area of cloud and rain is tied into an area of low pressure that dominates through the weekend and is joined by other areas of low pressure particularly across the south.”

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The strong and cold stratospheric polar vortex has hastened the ozone destruction process leading to a large ozone hole at high strength this November.

Ozone is the protective layer win the atmosphere which protects the earth from dangerous ultraviolet radiation.

A strong polar vortex as seen this year corresponds to colder temperatures in the stratosphere according to

This leads to a stronger ozone destruction process and a larger ozone hole.

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