Met Office issues UK rain and ice warnings – The Guardian

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Weekend temperatures are expected to tumble and heavy downpours that blighted parts of the south of England on Friday will now head north, prompting the Met Office to issue a yellow warning for rain in Northern Ireland.

Forecaster Mark Wilson said the gales that lashed coastal areas would gradually ease overnight but warned the precipitation was on the move.

The Met Office warning states that localised flooding is possible in Northern Ireland, with as much as 30mm of rain expected to fall in a six to nine-hour period.

Wilson said there was a risk of a few centimetres of snow falling on ground above 200 metres as the front made its way north towards Scotland.

A yellow warning for ice was issued for the south-west of England and Wales with patches of ice expected to form in some places overnight, leading to potentially difficult driving conditions on Saturday morning.

Wilson said the weekend’s weather would be a “north-south split”, adding: “The north of the UK will be blustery with some further heavy rain and some hill snow; in the south, apart from a few showers, it will be a much drier day with lighter winds and some sunny spells.

“In the last couple of days, temperatures have been quite mild but, by Sunday daytime, highs will range between 5C (41F) and 8C (46.4F). It will be noticeably colder.”

Winds of up to 71mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight on Friday, with 63mph clocked on the Isle of Portland, while 29.6mm of rainfall was recorded in Scolton, south-west Wales.

Met Office issues UK rain and ice warnings – The Guardian

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