UK weather forecast: Met Office flood warning issued as 'persistent rain' pummels Britain

Met Office weather forecaster Aidan McGivern explained Thursday will start relatively calm and for the south of Britain, central areas and parts of the North. He warned cloudier skies will move in eastwards for most areas except areas in East Anglia. Scotland and Northern Ireland will see some of the showers into the afternoon with temperatures shy of 20C across much of the country.

He added that the cloud that drifted in during the day will likely disappear going into the early evening for the south while heavier rain begins north of Newcastle and throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Met Office forecaster said: “For Thursday evening we keep a few showers going west.

“For Scotland and Northern Ireland the blustery weather continues and in fact, the showers turn into more prolonged weather as these weather fronts queue up to the west.

“They are lined up, in fact, they are aligned with the winds.

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“That means when the rainfall sets in it is here to stay and won’t be blown away.

“In fact, the moist wind from the southwest will blow the rainfall onto the hills of northwest Britain.

“This will cause some particularly wet weather for the western hills of Scotland for example.”

He continued: “There will be a lot of cloud cover for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern and western Britain.

“A risk of localised flooding because of that yellow rain warning in force.

“It is not going to feel pleasant in the northwest but where we have the sunny spells in the southeast it will with the temperatures of 23 or 24C."

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for both Friday and Saturday with the worst expected area are Dumfries and Wigtown.

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