HUGE amounts of rainfall are expected to wreak havoc across the UK within the next 24 hours, as the latest BBC weather forecast showed brutal winds and temperature drops dominating the country.
Brutal winds are expected to batter the UK over the next 24 hours, according to the latest BBC weather forecast. Temperatures will also drop by nearly 15C during this dramatic weather change, following a record-breaking heatwave earlier this week. BBC meteorologist Nick Miller said the strength of the winds is “unusual” for this time of year.
He also warned that more than 100mm of rain could fall across areas of England, including Cumbria and Lancashire.
Miller said: “It will be fairly blustery today. If you thought yesterday was windy, it is going to be even windier across the country today.
“Some of us will see persistent and heavy rain throughout today. Overnight it has been quite wet in Northern Ireland and currently that is running through north-west England and south-west Scotland.
“That rain will continue throughout today and there is a risk of flooding from that.”
The BBC weather presenter continued: “There is also the strength of wind in these areas to look out for, which could reach gusts of up to 40 to 50 mph. Unusually windy for this time of year.
“Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could see the worst of the winds, particularly on higher ground.
“As for temperatures, most of us will stay around the mid-teens. That is a considerable change to what we had for a time this week.
“Overnight, this rain is still relentless. Over the hills of Cumbria and Lancashire, we could see up to 100mm of rain.
“It has been a while since we haven’t had a single area of the country not reach at least 20C, but that sets the scene for the rest of the week.”
The Met Office have issued flood warnings for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland due to “heavy showers and prolonged rain”.
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said “most places” would see rain at some point and that it would become “more persistent” in western Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Photographs posted on Twitter showed large hail stones which fell across Leeds and Sheffield on Friday evening.
The UK experienced its hottest day of the year so far on Thursday, with 33.4C recorded at Heathrow Airport in west London.
The heatwave drove thousands of Britons to Bournemouth beach on Wednesday and Thursday, sparking a major incident.
However, the Met Office Operational Meteorologist has confirmed that the heatwaves are now “behind us.”