UK weather: Parts of UK set for outbreaks of ‘persistent’ rain
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Persistent showers are expected this weekend with the worst of the wet weather coming on Sunday for large swathes of the UK, according to a new yellow weather warning from the Met Office. The warning covers much of the east coast of England and spreads inland from the south coast all the way up to the Scottish border.
The warning reads: “A band of rain and heavy, thundery showers will slowly drift east through Sunday before becoming slow moving over the highlighted area later in the day.
“Where these showers become slow moving, 30 to 40 mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time leading to surface water flooding and transport disruption.”
The warning covers London and the south east, the East Midlands, Yorkshire, the north east and some parts of the north west as well.
The rain warning is in place from lunchtime on Sunday until midnight.
Sunday is expected to be a washout for these areas, while Saturday is expected to be dry and bright across Britain.
The experts say there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.
Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures and there is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses in the affected areas.
NetWeather forecaster Jo Farrow predicts: “By Sunday with further destabilisation of the atmosphere as a low pressure reaches Iceland, the rain along that first front reinvigorates.
“There will be some heavier downpours, perhaps even the risk of thundery ones for southern Britain.
“Again, to across Scotland but Wales in the morning and parts of Northern Ireland.
“Eastern Counties looking more prone this time early in the day, but it should clear eastwards.
“And a band of showery downpours edging eastwards for England.”
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Maps show bands of rain moving in from the west, across Ireland, and striking around midday on Sunday.
But prior to the rain deluge, Saturday is looking considerably brighter for most of the UK with balmy temperatures making a comeback.
While the day is predicted to start off with some light fog, skies are set to be clear and temperatures are predicted to reach 23C in southern areas.
A southern breeze is set to send plumes of warmer air from France and Spain over the country, bringing warm air to most places.
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