BBC Weather: Matt Taylor forecasts unsettled conditions
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The latest weather maps are beginning to turn purple for Saturday, indicating a near washout for this weekend as heavy winds threaten to batter the country. Charts from Netweather suggest wind gusts approaching 60mph could batter some of southeast England, while a purple area is seen approaching the UK on a wind map from WXCHARTS, suggesting the potential for gale force conditions. Temperatures are also forecast to plunge on Saturday, with the bitterly cold air set to add to the misery for millions of Britons.
Netweather charts show the mercury plunging to as low as 9C throughout large parts of Scotland, and will barely make double figures in many regions of northern England.
The most recent weather map from WXCHARTS also shows up to 23mm of rain could drench the country over the previous 24 hour period by 9pm on Saturday.
More than 20mm of rain over this period is set to smash into many southern areas of England and a small region in Scotland by tomorrow evening.
Netweather forecaster Ian Simpson warned: “We’re currently watching out for a southerly tracking low coming in on Saturday.
“There is some uncertainty over how deep the low pressure system will get, with the potential for gale force winds.
“However, the forecast models have generally backed down from suggesting potential for severe gales recently.
Mr Simpson added: “Probably more significant will be the rain associated with the system, with bands of persistent and, at times, heavy rain spreading from the southwest, mainly affecting England, Wales and southern Scotland.
“Northern Ireland and northwest Scotland look set to miss the majority of the rain from this system and will mostly have a day of sunshine and showers.
“Temperatures will again be on the cool side for many but may hit 15 to 17C in southeast England.”
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind and rain warning for 1pm to 10pm on Saturday, covering a large part of southern England and stretching around the coast up to East Anglia.
It states: “Strong winds and heavy rain during Saturday afternoon and evening, leading to some disruption to travel”.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said in his latest forecast: “For many eastern areas, Saturday will start dry and the more persistent rain might not arrive until later on across northeast England and northeast Scotland.
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“Look at this rain swamping in, with a very wet day across southwest England and south Wales and a blustery day as well.
“That rain is pretty extensive by the afternoon – some uncertainty over the position and track of that low pressure weather system but it does look very gusty along the south coast.
“Temperature-wise, it will feel cool with all of that rain and the gusty winds blowing as well, so we’re struggling to get 13C or 14C for most parts of the UK.”
BBC Weather forecaster Louise Lear also said in her forecast: “As we move towards the weekend, it looks to remain very unsettled, with a spell of heavy and persistent rain pushing in from the southwest, driving its way steadily north and east as we go through the day on Saturday.
“This is going to be accompanied by strengthening winds, gusting to gale force, as that area of low pressure moves through.
“There will be highs of 12C to 16C.”
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