UK weather forecast: Britons to be lashed by heavy rain as 62mph Atlantic storms brew

UK weather: Met Office forecast intense rain and heavy winds

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Maps and charts indicate that, after a milder weekend, most of the UK will soak in heavy rains pushing across from the Atlantic. Wind speeds are also set to pick up, with coastal areas buffeted by 62mph winds.

Jim Dale, from British Weather Services, told “the doors to the Atlantic open up this weekend”.

He said: “Most areas of the UK have been mainly dry for the past fortnight and for those that have seen rain, it’s generally amounted to well below the average for this time of year.

“However, what’s to come between this weekend and next weekend will mount up typically 25 to 50mm (one to two inches) in most cases, but between 50 and 85mm for parts of the wetter northwest, with NW Scotland the most prone.

“It’s certainly something of a sea change and accompanying the rain will be stronger winds at times (though no named storms as yet).”

Adam Douty, AccuWeather senior meteorologist, told stormy weather will return after the weekend

He said: “It does look like a stormy weather pattern will be unfolding across the UK beginning early next week as several areas of low pressure track eastward from the Atlantic into northwestern Europe.

“This will likely bring several rounds of rain and wind across the region.

“Though it remains unclear as to if any of these systems will rise to the level of being a windstorm, they can bring wind gusts of 30-40 mph to many areas, and perhaps wind gusts to 50-60 mph along the typically wind areas along the west coast leading to travel disruptions.

“It does look like this pattern will continue through the majority of the week, and may last into the end of October.”

Maps from WXCharts show an Atlantic front of wet weather push westwards from 6pm on Sunday.

By midnight, Northern Ireland will soak in rainfall up to 2mm an hour, before the weather front begins to push across the UK by 3am on Monday.

Monday sees a wet start to the week, with intermittent spells of rain for much of the country and 1mm an hour downpours.

However, Plymouth and the southwest of England are set for the heaviest spells with up to 5mm an hour by 9am.

The worst of the wet weather is set to strike from Tuesday, according to WXCHarts, where a southwestern front of rain and winds pushes up through Cornwall and Wales by midday.

By 6pm, much of the west coast of the UK and Northern Ireland will be drenched in heavy rains lasting throughout the day.

Winds will also begin to buffet the southwest of England and Wales from 6pm on Tuesday, with up to 50mph gusts hitting the region.

Maximum gusts at this time could reach as high as 62mph, with the rest of the country seeing gusts around 50mph winds.

The Met Office’s forecast from Monday to Wednesday also suggests “unsettled weather” ahead for Brits.

They said: “Although starting mostly dry in the southeast, a period of unsettled weather will then develop through next week, with wet and windy conditions likely for all areas, especially so in the north and west.

“There will be showers and longer spells of rain, with the greatest chance of gales in the north and northwest.

“There will still be some sunshine between the showers, and the best of any drier interludes will be in the southeast.

“Temperatures for all will be around average, if not slightly above.

“Towards the end of next week and beyond, there may be longer drier spells between the periods of wind and rain, these most likely in the south and east of the country.”

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