BRITAIN is set to be hit by torrential rain this week with a risk of flooding to homes, forecasters have said.
Heavy rain and even hail is due to last until at least Friday, with the Met Office issuing yellow weather warnings over the downpours.
It spells misery for millions of Brits who'd hoped to enjoy a dry half term given the number of coronavirus restrictions preventing many other activities taking place.
The combination of those restrictions and the miserable weather could spell economic disaster for the hospitality trade, too, with more than a third of the population living under rules forcing households to mix outdoors only.
We can't imagine many many people choosing to sit outdoors in the torrential rain and hail this week, so firms should expect far lower footfall over the coming days as a result.
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LONG RANGE FORECAST
The Met Office's long range forecast says: “Conditions are expected to remain unsettled into the beginning of November, with outbreaks of rain at first, followed by a more showery regime.
“Strong winds are also likely to continue for the first few days of November, with gales possible at times.
“However, it will likely feel milder, particularly in the south. A change to more settled conditions is then expected midway through this period with any showers or longer spells of rain most likely affecting northern areas.
“Elsewhere, the south of the UK has an increased likelihood of seeing the best of this dry and settled weather. Winds possibly becoming light across the south with the strongest winds confined to the north.
“These more settled conditions bring an increased risk of colder weather with overnight frost and morning fog.”
OUTLOOK FOR WEDNESDAY TO FRIDAY
It will be rather cold with blustery showers Wednesday, the Met Office said.
The weather is set to become much milder towards the end of the week.
Rain is however expected in most parts of the country, particularly heavy on western hills.
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Trees growing in a tree plantation show their Autumn foliage in Knutsford, England.
The UK's wettest day since records began saw Storm Alex bring enough rain to fill the Loch Ness, new figures reveal.
Data from the national weather service show Saturday October 3, the day after the storm, was the wettest day since records began in 1891.
TUESDAY'S WEATHER FORECAST
The Met Office's weather forecast for Tuesday says: “Rain continuing east, reaching the far north-east of Scotland later, followed by sunny spells into western and some central parts.
“Blustery showers following will become heavy later.”
THIS EVENING AND TONIGHT
Showers will gradually fade away, lasting longest in the north.
Clear spells will then allow a touch of frost in some northern and eastern parts, before cloud and rain reaches Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England later.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “We have issued a Yellow warning covering parts of Wales and North-west England for Thursday and Friday as additional rainfall in these areas may lead to impacts, including flooding.
“Across the warning area accumulations of 30-40mm of rain can be expected, while isolated areas exposed the strong south-westerly winds could see 50-80mm.
“We expect the heaviest rainfall to occur in the mountains of Wales where some areas could witness 130mm of rainfall.”
UNSETTLED END TO OCTOBER
The end of October is set to remain unsettled with heavy rain and strong winds, the Met Office has said.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.”
Members of the public enjoy the bright autumnal colours in the Japanese Garden in Cowden in Clackmannanshire, Scotland.
SHOWERS GRADUALLY FADING, TOUCH OF FROST
Showers will slowly fade away tonight across the country.
Any downpours will last the longest in the north but there will be some clear spells – meaning a touch of frost is likely in some northern and eastern areas of the country.
In London, it will be a largely dry and clear night as temperatures could dip to 4C.
A band of rain will start to form at around 9pm in the Celtic Sea, which will move over Ireland – eventually reaching Wales and the south-west of England by the early hours of Tuesday morning.
UNSETTLED END TO OCTOBER
The Met Office is expecting the rest of the month to remain unsettled with a combination of heavy downpours, strong gusts, as well as brighter periods.
Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.
“Every year we expect the remnants of decaying tropical hurricanes to disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.”
An area of deep low pressure located to the south-west of Iceland has subsumed the decaying former Hurricane Epsilon. The trailing weather fronts will bring wind and rain to the UK.
Tropical storm Zeta could move into the North Atlantic, which could bring heavy rain at the weekend and early into next week.
RIDING THE WAVES
SURFERS were pictured riding the waves in St Ives this afternoon as the latest storm blows in.
It's likely to stay dry in the Cornish beach resort as there is a less than five per cent chance of rain before 5pm.
According to satellite Met Office data, showers remain isolated and they are located off the coast of the Celtic Sea.
The picture tomorrow (Tuesday) is bleak as rain is forecast overnight.
FLOODING HITS GREATER MANCHESTER
Flash flooding has hit some areas of Greater Manchester as heavy rain fell across the region this morning.
There were reports of flooding on some main roads in Stockport and the train tracks at Rose Hill Marple railway station were flooded, causing a blockage on the line.
Stations that are affected by the flooding include Rose Hill Marple, Woodley, Hyde Central and Hyde North. Disruption is expected to last until 15.15pm, according to Northern Rail.
Showers are expected to fall in the region throughout the afternoon.
Wet and windy weather is set to sweep the nation from the second day of the half-term holidays in England and Wales, with weather warnings in the west for later in the week.
The Met Office has forecast an “unsettled week of autumnal weather”, starting with chilly nights and a rain front expected
to affect all parts of the UK on Tuesday.
Sunshine with blustery showers is forecast for all regions from Monday to Wednesday, with the combination likely to lead to “plenty of rainbows”, according to Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.
A BEACON OF HOPE
A rainbow, which has become the symbol to support the NHS since lockdown in March, has appeared over the promenade in between heavy showers in Swansea.
The forecast in the Welsh city looks unsettled over the next couple of days, with thundery downpours and gusts possible.
Towards the end of the week, rain is expected to remain persistent and it could be particularly heavy over the hills but milder temperatures are likely.
ENJOYING HALF TERM AT LYME REGIS
Families and staycationers have been pictured today enjoying the sunny spells at Lyme Regis, Dorset.
Temperatures in the seaside town are currently in the region of 12-13C.
Staycationers look set to be making the most of the pleasant weather on the first day of the half-term holidays as rain could be on its way this afternoon.
KEEP YOUR BROLLY HANDY
Brits are being recommended to keep their umbrella nearby as the wet and windy weather looks set to continue into the afternoon.
The Met Office tweeted: “If you are heading outside this afternoon, then keep your umbrella handy
“For many of us it will be an afternoon of sunshine and showers.”
Here's the very latest satellite and radar.
YELLOW WEATHER WARNING FOR LATER THIS WEEK ISSUED
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning, with forecasters saying expect heavy rain across parts of Wales and North West England later in the week.
There is a risk that homes could be flooded on Thursday and Friday as a result of the wet weather.
The Met Office say that there is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing a risk to life.
There is also a slight chance of power cuts, according to the warning.
WIND AND RAIN WILL BE THE 'MAIN FEATURE' THIS WEEK
Wind and rain will be the “main feature” this week, with the Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon warning “everyone will see rain at times”.
Of the week's dreary outlook, Mr Claydon told The Sun Online: “Today will be a day of sunshine and showers with some blustery conditions in parts.
“Everyone will see rain at times throughout the day tomorrow too.
“Wednesday is a bit of a messy picture – there will be blustery conditions, with many parts seeing wind and rain through the day.”
Mr Claydon added that a yellow weather warning for rain will likely be put in place for Thursday and Friday, with some areas in the Welsh hills expected to see between 100-130mm of downpours.
LONDON AT RISK OF HEAVY DOWNPOURS
London could be hit by heavy showers this morning, the Met Office have warned.
The weather in the capital will be predominately cloudy with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.
Showers could become heavy at times but it will remain breezy and cool, with temperatures potentially hitting 14C.
There is a 60 per cent chance of rain between 11am and noon today. It's likely that any showers will clear as we head into the afternoon.
There is also a 60 per cent chance of thunderstorms at 1pm in Hastings, East Sussex, according to the meteorologist.
FLOOD ALERTS UPDATE
The Environment Agency has removed one of its flood alerts that it had issued earlier today.
The flood alert issued for Slough Watercourses has been stood down.
Floods are still possible in the following places:
WIND AND RAIN COULD TURN TO SLEET AND SNOW
Snow could fall in some parts of the UK as early as next week, say forecasters.
Low pressure driving from the Atlantic will bring the freezing blast of weather to the north of the UK, causing temperatures to plummet.
Snow is likely to blanket parts of Scotland from early November, with the wintry weather expected to then fall over Northern Ireland the rest of the British Isles.
BBC weather forecasters say: “The weather is looking unsettled into early November, particularly across the northern half of the UK.
“Some of the showers over high ground in the north and west will fall as sleet, hail and occasionally snow.”
The Met Office has warned Brits to pack their brollies today, with showers expected across the UK.
Probably worth taking an umbrella ☔ if you're stepping outside this morning, as there are lots of showers again, especially in western areas
Here's the very latest satellite and radar 👇 pic.twitter.com/2Wp8tviu44
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 26, 2020