Flood warnings issued after weekend washout with 40 alerts in place
Britain has been told to brace for floods with parts of the country set to be lashed with rain over the weekend.
Large parts of the south west have been placed on alert by the Environment Agency with as many as nine warnings in place.
Elsewhere, another 31 flood alerts, where flooding is possible, are also in place including in the north.
In the north west, showers are expected until the afternoon today with a break for some brief spells of sunshine.
Overnight, though, intermittent showers will continue until Sunday night, with Monday bringing heavy rain and strong winds that may last until Wednesday.
Meanwhile, despite the prediction and rain in Scotland forecasters say the day will stay dry but cold with temperatures as low as 2C.
The north of Scotland faces the worst of the weather with strong winds, while the north and west of England will be overcast.
Showers expected to fall in early afternoon while eastern England will remain dry and sunny. Temperatures for the first weekend of 2020 will sit around 8C to 10C.
Rain will hit north Scotland and the Northern Isles and there will be some light rain on hills in the west on Saturday night.
Wet and windy conditions will persist for north Scotland continue on Sunday.
The Environment Agency has issued 40 flood warnings at places near Dorset and South Downs National Park, as well as Oxfordshire and Norwich.
BBC meteorologist Louise Lear said: "High pressure is pretty much the dominant feature for the start of the weekend, that means the best of the sunshine will be sheltered in eastern areas.
"Thicker clouds out to the west picking up some drizzles and more persistent rain are more likely in the far northwest.
"In terms of the feel of weather, maybe 8 to 10 degrees. That's down a touch to where we have been but still not too bad for this time of year."
Met Office five-day weather forecast:
Rain will continue over parts of northern Scotland, spreading to the Northern Isles later. Elsewhere dry for the majority, though a little light rain on hills in the west, and some good bright spells in eastern and southern parts.
Rain continuing over north Scotland and the Northern Isles and some light rain on hills in the west. Drier with clear spells elsewhere, perhaps a little frost in the south.
Wet and windy conditions persisting for north Scotland with some rain over hills elsewhere in the west. Drier and brighter in the east. Milder than Saturday.
Outlook for Monday to Wednesday:
Often wet and windy in the north. Drier and brighter in the south, although some rain is likely at times. Very mild at first, but turning colder on Wednesday.
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