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UK weather: Rain and wind to batter most of Britain on first Friday of relaxed restrictions in England

Written by on 21 May 2021

Wet and windy weather is set to batter the UK on the first weekend when people can meet in large groups outside in England.

Outdoor picnics with friends and family could be off the cards as a yellow warning for winds is in place for the southwest corner of England from 3pm on Friday.

Strong gusts at 60mph are expected on the coast along with a potential for travel disruption.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said the outlook across the UK will be a “showery situation” on Friday and Saturday, with drier weather on the horizon by Sunday.

He said Friday will be rainy and windy for all parts of the nation.

“It’s going to be a wet and windy start for many on Friday morning,” he said.

“The heaviest rain will be in northwest England, parts of Wales, and then increasingly the South West, the Midlands and the rain reaching the South East by the end of the afternoon as a showery situation develops.

“Eastern Scotland, as well as northeast England, stays dull and damp throughout much of the day – and with the wind in the North East it’s going to feel raw.”

It is also expected to be cooler, with daytime temperatures set to be low for the time of year, with the mercury expected to rise to around 14C (57.2F) in London, and 12C (53.6F) in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast.

Meanwhile, night-time temperatures are predicted to sit around the mid-single figures.

In Wales, forecasters have predicted up to 100mm of rainfall on higher ground.

And much of Scotland will endure a blustery night with hill snow on the mountains expected to follow into Saturday, with more wind and rain across the board to follow.

Sunday is set to be slightly more promising, with showers again expected across the nation but longer dry, bright spells moving in.

Northern Scotland and Northern Ireland are likely to see more sunshine on Sunday, forecasters predict.

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