The UK’s water-logged summer is set to continue over the weekend, with rain and high winds expected until Monday at least – and while London will suffer to a lesser degree than the rest of England, the West Country is expected to receive up to a month's worth of rain in a mere 14 hours.
The Met Office warns homes and businesses across huge swathes of England are at risk of flooding and travel disruption, with Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Manchester, Blackburn and Merseyside expected to be significantly affected by the downpour.
Good morning. Rain in the NW will move southeastwards, to be focused across England and Wales this afternoon. It will be often heavy and accompanied by strong winds. N Ireland and Scotland will become brighter, but some heavy showers possible https://t.co/cQSfu2de2W ^Sophie pic.twitter.com/rPSJ2jIGcd— Met Office (@metoffice) August 16, 2019
The forecaster has issued a yellow warning for between 8am and 10pm GMT - heavy rain may coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening leading to difficult driving conditions, with the heaviest rain most likely be on high ground, with some places set to see 60mm to 80mm (2.3 inches to 3.1 inches). Strong winds are also expected, with 40mph to 50mph gusts on exposed coasts and hills.
Always a sad moment when, during the midst of an England batting collapse, I have a glance at the weather forecast to see if the rain will be able to save us. #ItMight— Jack Birch (@jackbirch451) August 15, 2019
The average rainfall for England across the whole of August is typically only 2.72in (69mm).
NOT AGAIN 😱😱😱😂😂😂⚡️ “Met Office issues UK weather warning for a rainy Friday 🌧”https://t.co/ZY0ZdIGBTC— rizla (@rizla2705) August 16, 2019
Temperatures throughout the weekend are also unlikely to top 70F (21C), and could fall as low as 50F (10C).
@SomersetHouse Is the outdoor cinema on tonight? Met Office has issued a weather warning for tonight due to heavy rain and strong winds. Surely it will be unsafe. Can we swap tickets for another evening/get a refund. Please help!!— Allison Chang (@allisonchang_) August 16, 2019
“The weather warning is for heavy bursts of rain which could cause flooding. It is the type that your windscreen wipers can't quite cope with and could coincide with rush hour. Sunshine and showers, some of them heavy, will predominate on Saturday and it will still be a bit breezy with temperature about average,” Nicola Maxey of the Met Office said.
Should we stay or should we go 🤔Weather forecast for Ingrave, Billericay from the Met Office weather app. Today: Light rain, a day high of 17°C, night low of 11°C pic.twitter.com/saarJr5Vjg— 𝔻𝕒𝕧𝕚𝕕 𝔸𝕟𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕟𝕪 📷🌱🌹🌻✌🏻💚 (@freewilluklive) August 12, 2019
She added however there were indications of high pressure building into the middle of next week, which could bring more settled weather, and a warmer period.