Brutal 80mph gales and heavy rain will thrash every corner of Britain this weekend


Get ready for the FREAK-END! Brutal 80mph gales and heavy rain will thrash every corner of Britain on Saturday and Sunday – ahead of -5C chill this month

  • Forecasters warn of very high winds and heavy rainy spells at the weekend that could last well into next week
  • The Met Office said delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were very likely as 80mph gale force winds hit
  • A two-day weather warning spanning the whole of the country has been issued for both Saturday and Sunday
  • Over coming days, many will experience more settled conditions before winds and rain develop from the west

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Gale force winds reaching upwards of 80mph are set to batter the UK this weekend, forcing the Met Office to issue a two-day weather warning spanning the whole of the country.

Forecasters are warning of a washout for the majority of Brits for Saturday and Sunday, with very high winds set to combine with heavy rainy spells that could last well into next week.

The Met Office said delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport were highly expected, while some bridges could be closed and there was a slight possibility of power cuts. 

Over the coming days, many will experience more settled conditions before winds and rain develop from the west on Friday. 

Gale force winds reaching upwards of 80mph are set to batter the UK this weekend, forcing the Met Office to issue a two-day weather warning spanning the whole of the country (pictured)

Gale force winds reaching upwards of 80mph are set to batter the UK this weekend, forcing the Met Office to issue a two-day weather warning spanning the whole of the country (pictured)

Over the coming days, many will experience more settled conditions before winds and rain develop from the west on Friday

Over the coming days, many will experience more settled conditions before winds and rain develop from the west on Friday

Met Office chief meteorologist, Steve Ramsdale, said: ‘High pressure will build across the UK on Wednesday with much lighter winds and settled weather forecast for most for the rest of the working week.

‘With clear spells overnight, we’ll also see frosts developing quite widely along with patchy fog or freezing fog. 

‘A gradual change to more unsettled conditions is then expected from the west through Friday, heralding an increasingly wet and windy spell of weather over the weekend. 

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Dan Harris added: ‘Although still a long way off in forecast terms, there are relatively strong signals for very unsettled weather arriving this weekend, and probably continuing well into next week. 

‘Along with a spell of heavy rain, widespread gales are likely, and severe gales are possible in more exposed parts of the west and north of the UK. 

‘There is potential for National Severe Weather Warnings to be issued, so we are advising people to keep a close eye on the latest forecast and updates from the Met Office.’ 

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze suggested that February would be dominated by a cold chill, with many nights giving way to frosty -5C conditions.

He said: ‘February is more famous for snow than storms – but computer models show an Atlantic barrage is on the way this month.

‘Stormy conditions are possible at the start and end of the week, and again in the following week, with no sign of widespread snow.’

Forecasters are warning of a washout for the majority of Brits for Saturday and Sunday, with very high winds set to combine with heavy rainy spells that could last well into next week

Forecasters are warning of a washout for the majority of Brits for Saturday and Sunday, with very high winds set to combine with heavy rainy spells that could last well into next week

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