“Intense” periods of torrential rain and gale force gusts reaching over 50mph are set to batter parts of Britain, as milder temperatures continue to ebb away – with flooding likely.
The warmer than average heat surge which saw the UK reach 19C on Saturday, despite it being early November, is slowly dropping with much of the country likely to struggle to remain in the teens today.
While a band of rain and fierce winds will make things feel even colder and bring a return to the unsettled stormy conditions of last week.
There is expected to be some respite on Thursday, however, before more wind and rain arrives by the evening and continues into the weekend.
It states: “Heavy rain will persist throughout Wednesday, with some disruption due to surface water expected.”
And adds: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.”
As a result, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 13 flood alerts.
BBC forecaster Matt Taylor said the “gustiest conditions” will be right down the west coast of Britain, with a “short spell of intense rain which accompanies the broader, wetter weather pushing its way eastwards”.
He said overnight those winds were “picking up, strong to gale force” despite temperatures peaking at 14C in the early hours.
Looking to Thursday, he said wind and rain will clear from eastern coasts to “allow this little window of dry and brighter weather”.
“Better chance of all of us seeing some sunshine, particularly during the morning once the rain has cleared from the east,” he continued.
“Good sunny spells though in the morning replaced by cloud and yet again by the end of the day more wind and rain will push its way in,” Mr Taylor added.
Milder temperatures are set to remain until the middle of the month before they begin to plummet, with some charts showing early December could be even colder than normal.
UK 5 day weather forecast
Eastern and some central parts dry and bright after early fog and low cloud clears. Rain in the west, heavy at times, moving slowly eastwards through the day. Windy, with gales in the west.
Heavy rain and strong winds clearing away eastwards then most parts dry with clear spells. Turning chillier than on recent nights.
Most parts dry with sunny spells. Turning cloudy and windy in the west with heavy rain and gales arriving later.
Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Remaining unsettled with strong winds, showers and longer spells of rain. Rainfall heaviest across western hills, with many sheltered eastern areas seeing little rainfall and some good spells of sunshine.