UK weather forecast: Britain set for weekend washout with heavy rain and fierce gales

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Heavy rain and gales are set to hit Britain this weekend, despite temperatures staying mild.

Saturday morning is expected to be generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain moving towards eastern parts of the country.

In the morning, southern and western areas of the UK could also experience heavy downpours, the Met Office said.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are set to be mostly cloudy with rain in the morning.

Later in the day it will turn brighter in the West, but windy conditions with some heavy showers are expected.

People caught in the rain on Oxford Street, central London
(Image: PA)

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As we head into the afternoon, most of the UK will be wet with heavy showers.

Temperatures will be in single figures across the North and in the low teens in the South.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "It's not going to rain everywhere all weekend.

"Particularly over eastern England there will be some clear spells, with much of south-eastern England having a dry Saturday morning.

Most of the UK will experience rain on Saturday
(Image: Met Office)

"Northern Scotland will also be dry for most of Saturday, we could also see some sunny spells here."

Later in the day, the rain might clear from Wales and the region could experience some sunny spells, Mr Deakin said.

He added: "Otherwise, it's pretty cloudy, with rain on and off."

The weather is set to be cloudy, rainy and windy this weekend
(Image: PA)

On Saturday evening the band of heavy rain swings across eastern parts of England, with the rain setting in across parts of Scotland, according to the forecaster.

Bands of rain or showers will affect most areas of the UK on Sunday too.

The South is set to be windy, with gales across south-western England.

Mr Deakin warned that because of the heavy downpours, there are very heavy tides at the moment which could pose a risk of flooding – although the risk is minor at the moment.

A woman with her umbrella breaking in the wind on Westminster Bridge, London
(Image: PA)

The Environment Agency has released some guidelines to help those who live in a flood risk area.

These include using a postcode checker to evaluate your risk and looking out for flood warnings.

Residents are also encouraged to prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents in case they need to leave their house.

In case of immediate danger, the Environment Agency urges people to call 999.

UK 5 day weather forecast


It will be a generally cloudy morning with outbreaks of rain continuing to move east, some of the rain in the south and west being heavy. Turning brighter in the west later, but windy with some heavy showers.


Rain, some heavy, becoming confined to the north and also south-eastern parts of England, with clear spells and scattered showers elsewhere. Further wet and windy weather into the west later.


Bands of rain or showers affecting most places at times through the day, although some sunny intervals developing. Windy in south, with a risk of gales across south-west England.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday

Rain, heavy at times affecting the west and northwest, otherwise mainly cloudy with best breaks in the east and south east. Remaining windy and mild throughout.