BBC Weather: UK set for showers and cold temperatures

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Britain will be lashed by heavy rain and strong winds as forecasters warn Britons to prepare for the autumn chill. Forecasters said a “deep area of low pressure” was heading across the north Atlantic to pummel Britain with “intense frontal rain” and “strong gales”. Jo Farrow, senior forecaster for Net Weather, said: “This will bring heavy rain on Friday with strong winds and gales for exposed areas then leave a windy, showery flow for Saturday.

“There will be plenty of showers for exposed western counties, fewer further east and gradually cooler air. Forecast confidence then decreases around more rain for southern Britain.

“It looks like pressure will rise on Sunday and slowly subdue the showers and brisk winds. This leaves the weather on Sunday looking more settled.”

She urged Britons to keep up to date with forecasts, especially if they have any outdoor plans.

Ms Farrow said Northern Ireland and western Scotland would be soaked by heavy showers “during the middle of Friday”, which would then hit the rest of Britain by the afternoon and evening.

The forecaster also warned of “occasional lightning” and even hail and sleet.

She wrote: “This low pressure will spend the next few days moving towards Iceland, interacting with the jet stream and deepening.

“Current timings show the intense frontal rain sweeping across Northern Ireland and western Scotland during the middle of Friday and then soaking the rest of Britain during Friday afternoon and evening.

“It will be windy everywhere with a southwest wind veering to a westerly later.

“There could be disruption to travel with plenty of surface water and spray, speed restrictions on motorways and poor visibility.

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“There will be heavy rain overnight for southern Britain and East Anglia, so take note if you are camping this weekend. Skies clear behind the front but there will be showers packing in from the west.

“These showers will be heavy at times with occasional lightning, even hail or sleet over the mountains. The tops of the Scottish mountains have already seen a dusting of snow this week.”

It comes after the Met Office said the UK is set to experience some of the “heaviest rain and strongest winds” it has seen so far this autumn on Friday – when “severe gales” of up to 55mph could hit north-western Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The national weather service said the wet and windy weather blowing in on Friday will have started on the other side of the Atlantic, but, contrary to some reports, it does not expect these conditions to be the remnants of Hurricane Fiona, which unleashed devastation in Canada after it came ashore as a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday.

Forecasters warned “heavier rain and strong winds” will spread quickly eastwards on Friday, when areas such as Southampton and Plymouth on the south coast of England could see highs of 17C, with 16C forecast in London and Cardiff, 15C in Belfast and 14C in Glasgow.

Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said Friday’s forecast weather is not unusual for the time of year, saying the impacts are expected to be limited at this stage.

She said: “The strongest winds will affect north-western Scotland and Northern Ireland where severe gales are possible, up to 55mph, during Friday morning and afternoon.

“There will also be strong winds along the south coast on Friday afternoon and evening, where there is a chance of gales, for a short period of time.”

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