Snow and 70mph gales hit parts of UK this weekend after Friday washout

Snow and gales of up to 70mph are set to hit parts of the UK on Saturday as a miserable week of weather comes to a close.

Before that Brits can expect a Friday washout, with downpours moving across most of the country throughout the day.

The Met Office is warning strong winds are then expected in parts of Scotland tomorrow morning, along with snow in some areas.

It all comes after a week that has seen multiple weather warnings for heavy rain and strong winds, as well as a cold snap on Thursday with temperatures plunging to just 1C.

The one silver lining on Friday though is that despite the miserable conditions the mercury is set to shoot up to double digits, and although only reaching a high of 12C the bitter chill of Thursday will have gone.

Those mild November temperatures are set to continue over the weekend and into next week for most of the UK.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Thursday’s cold, bright weather was a one-day wonder, back to normal service on Friday – cloudy, rain at times, mild and with an increasing wind.”

Temperatures will vary wildly on Friday morning depending on where you are in the UK; 10C in the west of England dropping to just 2C in the east.

“We’ll see rain in western Scotland, north west England, west Wales and Northern Ireland ,” Mr McGivern continued.

“We start off Friday with dry and bright conditions in the far north and east of Scotland and much of eastern England, bright even for East Anglia and the south east.

“But a damp start further west as well as cloud and rain sweep will across the country.

“By lunchtime most places [will be] grey, gloomy, hill fog, mistiness, outbreaks of rain. It is going to be heavy for a time.”

Then on Saturday there is a risk of snow, he added, though it is only expected across Scottish hills and mountains.

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK
Friday:
Occasional rain moving eastwards, then turning brighter to the east of high ground later.

Cold start, but becoming mild and breezy for most areas later.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday:
Windy with showers and rather cold in the north whilst a band of cloud and outbreaks of rain moves south this weekend.

Further rain arriving from the northwest on Monday.