An "Atlantic cyclone" is heading towards the UK, meaning this weekend is set to be a wet and windy one.
Weather forecasters expect conditions to turn grim on Saturday (November 18), with weather maps showing a 1,000km-wide storm engulfing the entire country.
Netweather forecaster Jo Farrow describes the weather system as "a slow-moving Atlantic cyclone lumbering in from the west". She says the "main frontal rain" should make landfall on Friday night (November 17) before moving across the country on Saturday.
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Farrow writes: "Don’t cling to weather app timings too much for a definite dry clearance at this stage. Just consider a sweep eastwards of the main band of rain. The southerly wind will freshen for eastern Britain during the morning with other parts of the UK already windy. Around the Irish Sea and North Channel, winds will be strong and southeasterly for a time."
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The rain should move across to the North Sea and over southeast Britain in the afternoon, with "blustery winds" veering to the southwest. "There could be brief glimpses of brightness but overall there will be a lot of cloud post-front, further outbreaks of rain and heavy showers from the west," according to Farrow.
Advanced weather modelling maps from WX Charts show how all parts of the country, from the north of Scotland down to the south coast, can expect some rain on Saturday.
The most intense downpours appear to be in Wales and the north of England, where rain could be coming down at a rate of around 1cm per hour.
Some snow is also expected over the mountains in the Scottish Highlands. WX Charts' data shows that only 1cm will settle on the ground.
For Sunday (November 19) Farrow says "a moderate to fresh southwesterly wind" will take hold over most of the country. "It is a messy forecast picture for Sunday with variable amounts of cloud, outbreaks of rain and showers in the flow," she writes.
The Met Office forecast for this weekend reads: "Turning wet and windy through Saturday with rain spreading northeastwards and showers following behind. Sunny spells returning on Sunday with the risk of blustery showers which will continue into Monday."
There could also be floods this weekend. Farrow explains: "There has been heavy rain in recent weeks and any more water just adds to the flooding risk or existing standing water."
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