Heavy wind and rain to strike parts of the UK as ‘turbulent’ weather moves in

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning across areas in Northern Ireland and Scotland on both Monday and Tuesday.

Autumn weather
Autumn weather

Heavy wind and rain is set to smash parts of the UK over the coming days, with a “turbulent” week of weather ahead.

The Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning across areas in Northern Ireland and Scotland on both Monday and Tuesday, meaning those areas could see flooding.

Gusts of 40mph are expected over the Irish sea, while up to 60mm of rain could fall, rising to 80mm in mountainous regions.

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Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day next week (Andrew Matthews/PA)
Autumn weather Oct 18th 2020
People walk among trees displaying autumn foliage in St James Park, in central London (Aaron Chown/PA)

Luke Miall, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Well there’s a turbulent week of weather ahead, it is starting to look wetter and windier.

“Sunday evening will be dry for most of the UK, though rain will start to push through Northern Ireland, going into Scotland and northern England by Monday morning, suggesting a north-south split.

“The wind will then start to pick up in the early hours of Monday in most regions.”

Most of England will be fairly hazy across the day, with top temperatures hitting 16C (60.8F) in London and the South East, which is average for this time of year, though it will be cool where the rain is.

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Forecasters say Sunday evening will be dry for most of the UK (Jacob King/PA)
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The S15 class steam locomotive 506 passes a tractor in a field as it makes its way along the Mid Hants Railway, near to Ropley in Hampshire, during the weekend’s Autumn Steam Gala (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Mr Miall went on: “Going into Tuesday the rain will start to push towards Wales the south-west of England, with most of the UK seeing rain at some point.

“The winds will be much stronger on Tuesday with heavier showers in Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

He said this was due to a spell of high pressure and air being dragged in from the Mediterranean.

Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day next week, with some areas seeing 18C (64.4F) temperatures.

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People enjoying the autumn sunshine on the Stormont estate in Belfast (Niall Carson/PA)
Autumn weather Oct 18th 2020
Autumn foliage in St James Park, in central London (Aaron Chown/PA)

Mr Miall added: “Unlike this week where the weather has been fairly static, next week will be changeable with the rain having the most impact.

“This is fairly typical for the time of year.”

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