Wet and Wild Weather Arrives
A deep low pressure system is moving up toward the UK today bringing with it heavy rain and strong winds for much of the country - although the strongest winds will be reserved for the southwest of the country.
Here, gusts of 50-70mph are likely in exposed parts with gusts of around 60mph inland, which for the time of year is unusually strong. Trees in full leaf will mean a higher risk of them being downed or branches falling - so please take care if out and about.
The rain another feature with some localised flooding and difficult travel conditions very likely - it's south Wales which could be the wettest with well in excess of 50mm possible in some locations, especially on higher ground. Other western and central regions may also see 25-40mm as the initial rain band moves through, swiftly followed by sharp, blustery showers.
Over the next 24 hours, the low pressure system will run up the western side of the country, through the Irish channel before eventually moving east into northern England. This will mean that into tomorrow we keep the blustery winds going with 50-60mph possible in exposed parts of southern and central England.
Heavy showers will also spiral around the low - with just about the whole country at risk of catching at least one, although many of the showers in the south of the country will start to clear as the day moves on.
Looking ahead to the weekend (yes it's almost here already!), the winds will gradually ease through Saturday but we do keep the showery theme going, but with some sunnier intervals in between at least. Sunday will need watching a little more closely though as another low pressure system will move through close to the south of the country which could well bring another spell of wet and windy weather.
7th June 2012 10:40 Updated: 7th June 2012 10:40