UK weather forecast: Powerful Atlantic system to smash into UK triggering weekend washout

The UK has been pummelled this week by strong gusts, hail and thunderstorms, and the unsettled conditions are expected to continue. This week will continue to see bright spells in places with heavy rain showers scattered across the country. But, this weekend, meteorologists have warned of a complete washout with a huge wet weather system currently heading towards Britain.

BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear claimed the system would bring a spell of “more wet and windy weather”.

The ferocious system is currently expected to move across Britain on Thursday evening before the country is lashed once again at the weekend.

The BBC Weather forecaster said: “As we move Thursday into Friday, we are going to see this ribbon, this weather front, bringing pulse of wet weather for a time, particularly for the north on Thursday, Friday.

“So northern and western areas could see a spell of more heavy, persistent rain. Further south and east it should be a little bit drier and brighter.

There is a spell of more wet and windy weather moving its way across the country

BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear

“But, then as we move towards the weekend, it does look as though there is a spell of more wet and windy weather moving its way across the country. The detail at the moment of where is a little uncertain.”

Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir also warned of the powerful weather system barreling towards the UK expected to rattle the country this weekend.

She said: “Here is your low pressure area, it is moving up towards the north there – still feeding showers in.

“Then some dry skies for a time before later on Thursday another system tracks across from the Atlantic.

“The winds pick up some strength, outbreaks of rain, particularly in the north, with showers to follow.”

This week has already seen parts of the country battered by heavy rain, and localised flooding was seen in some parts of Norfolk and East Anglia.

BBC Weather forecaster Simon King wrote on Twitter: “There was quite a bit of flooding yesterday in Norfolk with around 45mm of rain in a 12-hour period.

“That’s 70 percent of their average October rainfall! More rain moving in today.”

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Video footage also showed parts of Finsbury Park in London being hit by flash flooding as strong conditions hit on Tuesday.

Some parts of the park were submerged underwater after a water main burst. The London Fire Brigade said 12 fire engines and 80 firefighters were called to the scene.

Looking forward, the unsettled conditions currently smashing into the country are expected to continue well into this month.

The Met Office’s long-range weather forecast from Sunday, October 13, to Tuesday, October 22 warned it would “often” be windy in places.

It read: “The unsettled theme looks set to continue throughout the period with rain or showers at times. Despite this, there should be some brief interludes of more settled periods, with spells of sunshine by day.

“It will often be windy, particularly in the north and west of the country, with the threat of gales in places.

“Southern and eastern parts will often be a little drier with more in the way of brightness. Temperatures will remain around the average for this time of the year, although it will often feel colder in the wind and rain.

“In the short-lived periods of drier and clearer conditions, there is a potential for some overnight frost or fog. This could be slow to clear by day.”

Leading bookmakers have slashed odds to 1-2 that this month will go down as the wettest October on record following the current unsettled conditions.

Coral’s John Hill said: “With more heavy downpours forecast to come down later this week, we are now odds-on for this month to end as the wettest October ever in the UK.”

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