HEAVY rain and strengthening winds are forecast this weekend thanks to continuing low pressure over the Atlantic making landfall in the UK, says the Met Office.,
Chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “This week has been fairly unsettled and we’ll see this typical autumnal weather continuing over the weekend, with heavy rain and strong winds expected to bring disruption and risk of flooding to some areas.
“Several yellow rain warnings are in place until Sunday, covering parts of northwest England, Wales and western parts of Scotland. Across the warning areas rainfall totals of 30-40mm can be expected quite widely by the end of Friday, whilst over the hills and mountains of north Wales and Cumbria, where rain will be heaviest, more than 100mm is possible.”
Over the weekend two separate Atlantic low-pressure systems will track to the north-west of the UK, bringing further heavy and persistent rain as well as strengthening south-westerly winds.
Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Martin Young, said: “Saturday will be very wet and windy for many northern and western parts of the country as low-pressure sweeps northeastwards past northwest Britain.
“Another system quickly follows on Sunday that contains the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta, bringing further heavy rain and strong winds.
“Given that this is falling on already saturated ground from what has been a wet October, there is an increased risk of flooding in some warnings areas.”