BBC Weather: ‘Concerning’ heavy rain threatens weekend sunshine with highs of 15C

BBC Weather: Parts of the UK set to be hit by heavy rain

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BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor said southeast England can expect to see milder conditions but the west coast will receive heavy downpours. Some of the biggest swings could be in Norwich, where temperatures could rise to around 13C having dropped below freezing last week. Mr Taylor said: “It will be a weekend where we see temperatures in the teens but it’s a fairly mixed picture as we go into the weekend because while it will be very mild and some will see the sunshine, lots of heavy rain to come for some of you and that’s a bit of a concern.

“We’ve got that rain at the moment just piling in across the western half of the country.

“A wet night across Northern Ireland, now pushing into Scotland, Wales and western fringes of England.

“In the east, it’s drier, a little bit of morning brightness.

“A bit cooler than it has been in the past few mornings.

“Some in the far east of England will stay dry throughout but just notice the rain is there throughout all day long for some.”

He added: “One thing to note is the strength of the winds across these western regions today.

“We’ll see gusts of up to 60mph at times.”

Parts of the UK could see above-average seasonal temperatures of up to 15C (59F), days after the country endured freezing conditions, snow and record lows.

The highest temperatures are expected in the South East but other parts of the UK could be much warmer than the average maximum for the UK in February, which is 6.64C (43.9F), according to the Met Office.

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Oli Claydon, Met Office spokesman, said: “In terms of the big temperature swings, you are probably looking at areas predominantly on the east coast where we saw lying snow last week and the temperatures were kept very low.

“It depends a little bit on what happens if that air does get drawn up from the South and also timings of the clouds, if they clear at the right time and you get a little bit of sunshine through to help those temperatures out a little bit.”

Such changes in temperature are common at this time of year.

Mr Claydon said: “Obviously, we are an island nation on the outskirts of the continent of Europe, so we are subject to very variable weather conditions and those changes can happen quite quickly.”


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According to the Met Office long-range weather forecast, mild weather conditions should remain for the rest of the month, with snow possible next month.

Mr Claydon said: “The whole of the UK is now in a mild air mass which has brought quite a significant change in temperatures and also in terms of weather hazards, so the focus moves to wind and rain.

“There will be periods of brightness at times as well, but everywhere pretty much will be seeing that wet and windy weather through the week.”

Any snow will be limited to the Scottish mountains and is unlikely to reach other parts of the UK.

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