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As drivers and pedestrians battled already soggy conditions, meteorologists predicted “a lot of wet and windy weather”, with Northern Ireland “faring best”.

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The Met Office’s Oliver Claydon said: “A yellow warning for wind and rain has been issued covering a large part of the south coast of England and the east coast up to Norfolk.

“Gusts of wind could reach 45mph inland, with a chance of 65mph gusts along the coast. It is also a rain warning, so within that we could see 30 to 40mm (1.2 to 1.6in) of rain in up to six hours.”

A weather warning has also been issued for eastern parts of Scotland this afternoon through to the early hours of tomorrow, with a chance of 40 to 50mm (2in) of rain in the area.

Mr Claydon added: “There is a chance of up to 70mm (2.8in) of rain in parts of eastern Scotland, so quite significant rainfall overnight on Saturday.

“Sunday is still looking wet and windy for the majority of Britain. However, the widespread showers should move through fairly quickly.”

Looking ahead, temperatures will have an autumnal feel to them but conditions are tipped to remain unsettled. Snow is not expected.

The forecast sees temperatures higher than average towards the end of this month.

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