The rest of the week looks set to be characterised by heavy rain and strong wind, as forecasters warn of further flood risks. The Environment Agency has issued six flood alerts across the UK, four across northern and central England and two in Scotland. Blustery showers will continue into tonight and tomorrow, with persistent downpours expected across much of the UK.
BBC weather presented Chris Fawkes says there will be “plenty of heavy downpours” through Wednesday afternoon and into the night.
He says some eastern parts of the UK may “dodge” the rainfall, but he says: “For many of us today, we will see at least a shower or two and probably more than that in Western Scotland where the showers will continue to come in thick and fast.”
Rain will move in from the west, and bring with it cool winds that will see the mercury drop to between 13 to 17C.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said the east is also expected to be hit by downpours, replacing sunny spells seen earlier on Wednesday.
UK weather: Heavy downpours and strong winds are set to persist into the weekend
She said: “Wherever you are those showers could actually turn out to be heavy.”
Showers will continue through the night, particularly in the west and northern areas of the country.
Thursday morning will see a chilly start, with temperatures dropping to the single figures.
It will also bring yet more showers and strong gales for much of the UK.
The south east will remain fairly dry until cloud and rain from the south west pushes its way up, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain.
Flood alerts have been put in place in North Kesteven, in the East Midlands, along the River Penk in Staffordshire and the River Nidd and River Ouse, both in north Yorkshire.
Scotland has alerts in place in the Argyll and Bute, and in Skye and Lochaber.
A yellow weather warning has been issued for Friday, as heavy rainfall could bring some localised flooding across parts of Wales, central and northern England.
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The alert, issued by the Met Office, warns that flooding of homes and business is likely.
It also warns that transport services could be disrupted, with passengers travelling by train and bus expected to see longer journeys.
The weather alert is in place from midnight on Friday, until 6pm.
The weekend will be characterised by similar wet and windy weather, as forecasters have warned of a complete washout.
This week has already seen parts of the country battered by heavy rain, and localised flooding was seen in some parts of Norfolk and East Anglia.
BBC Weather forecaster Simon King wrote on Twitter: “There was quite a bit of flooding yesterday in Norfolk with around 45mm of rain in a 12-hour period.
“That’s 70 percent of their average October rainfall! More rain moving in today.”