Rain Clearing, But More On The Way
It's been a wet night for many with persistent rain moving through from the west across much of England and Wales, along with heavy showers running west to east across Scotland. It's also been a night of contrasts with Altnaharra in the Highlands dipping down to -2.6c but for southern England temperatures didn't drop below the mid-teens with Jersey seeing a very mild minimum of 17c.
For the remainder of the day it's one of contrasting fortunes too, with the northern half of the country seeing the best of the dry, bright weather with just a scattering of showers whereas southern regions will see another spell of heavy and persistent rain moving through into the afternoon and overnight.
The rain in the south will add to the potential for some localised flooding and difficult travel conditions, following on from the 10-20mm which fell overnight, another 15-25mm is possible with the new batch moving through - and perhaps in excess of that over the higher ground. The northerly extent of this latest wet spell will be a little further south, with southern England, south Wales, the southern half of the Midlands and East Anglia seeing the bulk of it.
It'll be windy too as the rain moves through, particularly in southern coastal counties where gusts of 40-55mph are likely.
The rain and wind will eventually clear southeast during the early hours of tomorrow (Saturday) though, leaving much of the country with a dry start to the weekend - with just a scattering of showers here and there, and that's how it will stay throughout Saturday.
Temperature wise it will be on the cool side though with a touch of frost likely to start the day away from the wetter areas, and highs peaking into the mid-teens at best in the south, cooler elsewhere.
Sunday will start on a similar, chilly but dry theme but there will be cloud and rain slowly encroaching from the southwest during the day - making for a wet end to the day for parts of SW England and southern Ireland with that rain spreading northeast overnight. It's northerly extent is a little uncertain at this point, but it does seem likely that Scotland and parts of northern England may well avoid it and start next week on a dry but still chilly note...
Michael Fish has more details on the weather this weekend, and beyond:
5th October 2012 09:55 Updated: 5th October 2012 09:55