BBC Weather: Heavy rain to hit tonight as mercury plummets

BBC Weather: UK set for heavy showers across the weekend

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Britons are set to be lashed with rain over the weekend as temperatures turn colder. Up to 30-40 mm of rain could fall in the area, stretching from Weymouth to Canterbury in just a few hours overnight. Mr Fawkes said: “It’s lovely across many eastern areas.

“Bright enough with some sunshine across Scotland but it’s here where we’ve got the lowest temperatures.

“We’ve got a lot of thick cloud working in and this is rain-bearing cloud.

“It’s all tied into an area of low pressure to the west of the UK and a little bump is going to be bringing a zone of heavy rain into eastern England tomorrow.

“Before we get there, we will all see some wet weather working in today.

“The rain at the moment is working its way into the UK at the moment across western Scotland, western Wales too.

“There will be a few heavy bursts of rain mixed in with this for a time this morning but eventually as the cloud thickens and the rain works into eastern areas, it will become lighter and patchier for many.

“Of course it’s bonfire celebrations tonight, some damp weather around across western and central England.

“The rain not too heavy at all. There will be some showers in the northwest of the UK but in between a lot of you will enjoy some dry conditions for the celebrations.

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“It is still relatively mild with temperatures still hanging on to double figures for most.”

It comes after parts of London endured more than half a month’s worth of rainfall in one night as people woke on Thursday to downpours, flooded roads and transport problems.

A total of 64mm of rain fell in Horsmonden in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, while some places saw more than 50mm of rain in a 24-hour period, the Met Office said.

In the South East of England, some train and underground services were hit by cancellations and delays.

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Aidan McGivern, of the Met Office, said: “Across the rest of the UK a ridge of high pressure is building in, the isobars are opening out and so lighter winds, clear skies and temperatures falling away.

“A few mist and fog patches first thing in places, but also low temperatures, low single figures and in some areas, a touch of air frost could get as low as minus 3C across sheltered parts of northern UK.

“Still some showers in the western fringes and showery rain, which will be slow to clear in the south-east corner where there could be some heavy rain until mid-morning.

“Eventually, it does clear and then blue skies for many except for the west, and specifically the north-west, and the exposed coasts where there will be some further showers coming through, not as lively as we’ve seen at times during the week.”

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