BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of relentless washout as temperatures surge to 18C

BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned the wet and windy weather will batter the country on Thursday as a new front reaches the UK’s shores from the Atlantic. The weather forecaster warned behind the relentless showers, temperatures could surge to 18C for many in the south. She said: “This evening and overnight, some of the showers will fade but some of them will pep up.

“There will be clear skies and a cold night. We had heavier rain coming in from the West. Under that, temperatures will not be as low.

“In Plymouth we are looking at an overnight low of about 10C. Tomorrow, the band of rain will sweep steadily northwards and eastwards.

“It will be heavy and persistent. Behind it, in the Lake District, Snowdonia, for example, we are left with could and drizzle and patchy rain as well.

“Still windy, especially in the West. On Friday, we will start with this showery rain in the North of Scotland which will tend to fade.

“Across England and Wales, there will also be some rain to start the day which will weaken as it pushes southeastwards.

“There will be some bright spots but also some cloud.

“It will be blustery and mild. Top temperatures could get up to 18C, somewhere in the south.”

The heavy downpours could lead to flooding in some regions of Britain, causing travel disruption. 

According to the Met Office, deep or fast-flowing floodwaters in some areas of the country could pose a danger to life.

The Met Office warning reads: “Periods of heavy rain are expected to develop across Wales and northwest England during Thursday and Friday.

“Accumulations of 1.2 to 1.6 inches (30mm to 40mm) can be expected widely, whilst areas of higher ground exposed to strong southwesterly winds are likely to see 2 to 2.4 inches (50mm to 80mm).

“The heaviest rainfall, however, is expected to be across the hills and mountains of northwest Wales where four to 5.1 inches (100mm to 130mm) of rainfall is possible by the end of Friday.”

The regions affected by the new weather warnings are located across north-west England, Yorkshire and number and Wales.

The new forecast comes after the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) has said although Hurricane Epsilon has now been declared a “post-tropical cyclone”, it still remains a “very powerful and dangerous storm” until it is absorbed by another “large extratropical low pressure system over the north-eastern Atlantic”.

In Met Office’s daily forecast, Aidan McGivern said: “The weather looking very autumnal this week.

“Breezy with showers on and off rain or longer spells of wet weather as Atlantic weather fronts move through and there will be plenty of atlantic weather coming our way.”

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He added: “Temperatures are going to be falling away two to six degrees generally, perhaps close to freezing in northeast Scotland with lighter winds here by the end of the night.

“But another weather front is moving in and that’s going to bring a wet start to western Britain and then that crossing the country during Tuesday.

“It’s attached to this large area of low pressure which will dominate proceedings over the next couple of days.

“So a wet start to the day for northern Ireland, western Scotland, central and western England, as well as Wales. A breezy start as well.”

However, the wind will shift towards the east, with 6 to eight hours of rainfall also forecasted for many places.

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