UK weather forecast today – Miserable weekend ahead as strong winds and torrential rain make for unsettled few days

RAIN and strong winds hit parts of Britain today ahead of an unsettled weekend.

The weather was mostly dry and bright this morning before turning wet in the afternoon.

Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill said: “For many it is going to be a mostly dry day, but there will be some showers particularly across western parts of the UK.

“Winds will be a little bit lighter than over recent days."

Temperatures are also set to turn cooler – but they are above average for this time of the year.

The rest of the week is expected to be unsettled and windy at times with bands of rain crossing the UK.

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  • Jon Rogers

    TYPHOON VAMCO LEAVES AT LEAST 13 DEAD

    At least 13 people have been killed with another 15 missing after Typhon Vamco swept through the Philippines.

    The Philippine National Police reported the casualty figures, but gave no details.

    Typhoon Vamco passed north of Manila between Bulacan and Pampanga provinces, toppling trees and knocking out power. Officials said earlier that nearly 200,000 people had been evacuated, some forcibly, from vulnerable coastal and low-lying areas.

    Officials said about 1.9 million households were without power in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Many electricity poles were toppled, power lines were knocked down and power transformers were damaged.

  • Jon Rogers

    GETTING CLOUDY THIS EVENING

    It will be mainly dry for the commute from work later today but it will get cloudy this evening.

    The Met Office said in a tweet: “Many places will have a dry end to the afternoon but it will become mostly cloudy this evening as a cold front approaches from the west.

    “Freshening southerly winds will become increasingly gusty in the northwest, with a band of briefly heavy rain and squally winds arriving here.”

  • Jon Rogers

    PLAY RESUMES AT MASTERS

    Play at the Masters resumed after a nearly three-hour weather delay that will make it impossible to complete the first-round action at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday given the decreased November daylight.

    Play was suspended because of lightning and heavy rain only 25 minutes after the first groups teed off in golf's most eagerly anticipated annual gathering, which had already been postponed seven months because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

    Tiger Woods was due to launch his Masters title defence at the par-four 10th hole at 10:55am three hours after his original start time, while tournament favourite Bryson DeChambeau began at 10:33am on the back nine.

    The Masters is using threesomes and sending golfers off both the first and 10th holes over the first two rounds.

  • Jon Rogers

    PICTURED: AUTUMN IS DEFINITELY HERE

    Autumn is definitely here, as this colourful picture shows.

    It shows people enjoy a morning walk at the National Trust's Saltram House near Plymouth, Devon.

  • Jon Rogers

    HAIL AND THUNDER TO HIT NORTH WEST ON FRIDAY

    The North West is expected to see hail and thunder on Friday as well as heavy rain.

    Most parts of the UK will see sunny spells as well as showers tomorrow but the worst of the weather will be in the North West, according to the Met Office.

    The outlook from the forecasters says: “Rain soon clearing southeast England. Most parts seeing sunny spells but also showers, most of these in the northwest where some will be heavy with hail and thunder.

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: MAN ENJOYS MORNING SUNSHINE ON COAST OF BOURNEMOUTH, DORSET

  • Joseph Gamp

    MET OFFICE: VIEW FROM SPACE SHOWS BROKEN CLOUDS OVER UK

  • Joseph Gamp

    IN PICTURES: SURFER BRAVES THE WAVES NEAR TYNEMOUTH, NORTH SHIELDS

  • Jon Rogers

    MASTERS UNDER THREAT FROM LIGHTNING

    After a seven-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, former champions Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus got the eagerly anticipated 84th Masters under way on Thursday.

    But only 25 minutes of action was possible before play was suspended due to the threat of lightning.

    Player and Nicklaus continued their role as honorary starters by each hitting a tee shot on the opening hole at Augusta National at 7am local time.

    “I'm glad it was dark because you could not see where the ball went,” Nicklaus joked.

    With the formalities out of the way and following a 10-minute delay due to darkness, American Lucas Glover got the tournament proper under way from the first tee, with 1988 winner Sandy Lyle doing so from the 10th.

    Thursday's weather forecast included the possibility of heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms and the siren duly sounded to suspend play and call players back to the safety of the clubhouse.

  • Jon Rogers

    TROPICAL STORM ETA HITS FLORIDA

    Florida's west coast was battered by tropical storm Eta on Thursday morning.

    The storm slogged ashore near Cedar Key, Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph.

    On Thursday morning, much of the Tampa Bay area was under a storm surge warning.

    The storm forced officials to close some lanes on two of the three bridges that cross Tampa Bay, connecting the St. Petersburg area to Tampa, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

  • Jon Rogers

    DRY AND BRIGHT THIS AFTERNOON

    This afternoon will stay dry and bright for most parts of the UK although a few areas could see some showers.

    The Met Office said in a Twitter message: “It's a fine autumnal day out there for many of us and most places will remain dry and bright this afternoon with sunny spells.

    “However, it's not a completely dry picture. There are a few showers in the west and thicker cloud with rain will reach northwest Scotland by dark.

  • Jon Rogers

    GALES LIKELY NEXT WEEK

    Unsettled conditions are expected to continue into next week with strong winds and gales likely, the Met Office has said.

    The Met Office's forecast for next week said: “During this period unsettled conditions are likely in the northwest, bringing spells of rain and wind, perhaps strong winds and gales at times.

    “More settled conditions may establish in the southeast and later into central areas where it will be mainly dry and sometimes bright.

    “Temperatures look to be mild and at times very mild at first with a reduced risk of night frosts.”

  • Jon Rogers

    WINDY AND WETTER AT THE WEEKEND

    The wet and windy conditions set to hit the UK are expected to carry on through the weekend.

    BBC forecaster Stav Danaos said: “That weather front in the west sweeps across… tonight into Friday morning and then as we head on into the weekend another area of low pressure arrives – that's going to bring a lot of wet and windy weather.

    “Once the early rain clears on Friday, it'll be sunshine and showers, and it turns windy and wetter for Saturday and Sunday, but it will be mild, particularly in the south.”

  • Jon Rogers

    TYPHOON VAMCO DEVASTES PHILIPPINES

    Typhoon Vamco has devastated parts of the Philippines with heavy rainfall and flooding

    Worst affected was the island of Luzon which saw 350mm of rainfall.

    More than 3,500 families have been evacuated.

    Gust of up to 215kph have been recorded.

    The Met Office said it was now heading towards Vietnam.

  • Jon Rogers

    SOUTH TO SEE 14C TEMPERATURES

    Southern England will be the warmest parts of the UK today with temperatures hitting a high of 14C.

    Elsewhere temperatures are due to range from 11C to 13C.

    BBC weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said: “We will see the arrival of this band of rain. Temperatures today 11C to about 13C, maybe 14C in the south.

    “Through this evening and overnight, we start off with some clear skies in the east but the cloud will continue to build, pushing in from the west followed in hot pursuit by this band of rain.

    “And gusty winds across the northwest in particular, but you can see in the black circles, we've got gusty winds almost anywhere.”

  • Jon Rogers

    WETTEST NOVEMBER ON RECORD, SAY BOOKIES

    It's likely to be the wettest November ever – or at least that's what the bookies think.

    Coral now makes this month odds on, at 4-5, to be the wettest November since records began as many parts of the UK continue to experience torrential rain.

    The firm has cut the odds from 6-4 in the couple of days.

    “Another soaking wet week has left us with no choice but to slash the odds on this month being the wettest November since records began, now making it odds on,” said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

  • Jon Rogers

    CHILLY START TO THURSDAY

    There's a chill in the air this morning but Thursday will start off dry.

    “If you are about to step outside, it is a rather chilly start to the day but for many it is a dry one.

    “Most of us will see some bright or sunny spells this morning with just a few showers in places,” the Met Office said in a Twitter message.

  • Jon Rogers

    TORRENTIAL RAIN AND GALES COMING

    Britain is to be battered by torrential rain and gale-force winds in the coming days, forecasters have said.

    Daytime today is set to be a pleasant day but the situation is due to take a turn for the worse this evening.

    Winds are predicted to reach 50mph on Friday as a band of low pressure moves in bringing with it wet weather.

    That's expected to last through the weekend although conditions will be drier in the south.

  • Mark Hodge

    GREEN REVOLUTION

    Boris Johnson has said there is “no time to waste” on climate action as he called on world leaders to put forward ambitious commitments to tackle the crisis.

    A keenly-awaited “10 point plan” from Downing Street on a green revolution is expected to outline action in areas such as cutting emissions from transport, electricity and buildings and the use of hydrogen and other new technology.

    The Prime Minister has already highlighted plans to have every home in the country powered by offshore wind within 10 years as part of the plan.

    The UK has a legal target to cut greenhouse gases to “net zero” by 2050, with huge cuts to emissions and any remaining pollution offset by measures such as planting trees.

    Mr Johnson comments mark a year until the UK hosts the United Nations “Cop26” climate summit.

    The event was meant to be held this November but was delayed by the pandemic.

  • Mark Hodge

    WET AND WINDY

    UK Outlook – Saturday and Sunday

    Saturday will be unsettled and rather windy, especially in the south.

    There will be frequent outbreaks of heavy rain and blustery showers.

    Sunday will also be unsettled with gales in the south and widespread blustery showers and spells of rain.

    There will be some sunny spells at times.

  • Mark Hodge

    DRY AND CLOUDY

    Weather forecast Thursday night

    A largely dry evening with clear spells in the east however elsewhere will be generally dull and cloudy with outbreaks of rain across Northern Ireland and western Britain.

    Overnight rain will slowly push eastwards and may be locally heavy.

    Mostly moderate south-westerly winds but locally brisk.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    TEMPERATURES ABOVE AVERAGE

    Temperatures will turn cooler today – but they are still above average for this time of the year.

    At the weekend the weather will be unsettled, the Met Office said.

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    A SUMMARY OF WEDNESDAY

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    RAIN RADAR

  • Chiara Fiorillo

    PROTECT OUR PEOPLE

    Boris Johnson said: “There is no greater duty for any nation than protecting our people and our planet.

    “The pandemic has brought this into sharp focus, but climate change will remain the most enduring threat to the futures of our children and grandchildren – and the world we're fighting for – if we do not act.

    “We are one year out from hosting the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow, bringing countries together to agree bold action to confront global warming.

    “There is no time to waste. That's why I'll be setting out my ten-point plan shortly which will not only create thousands of British jobs, but also invigorate our plans to achieve net zero by 2050.

    “And that's why I'm calling on world leaders to put forward their own ambitious commitments to help eradicate our contributions to climate change, before we meet in Scotland next November.”

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