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UK weather forecast – Britain set to be battered with rain in weekend washout as Met Office issues weather warning

BRITAIN is set to be battered with rain in a weekend washout as the Met Office issues a new weather warning.

Strong winds and rain will move in from the west on Friday with heavy rain expected to continue into Saturday, ruining plans for many as pub beer gardens open for the first time in months.

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Two women huddle under umbrellas on a field in Wimbledon Common during rain showers on Thursday[/caption]

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A mother and child cling onto an umbrella in Greenwich Park, London as wind gusts bring unsettled weather[/caption]

Rain is predicted to pour across the UK on Saturday
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Two woman brave the elements and walk across a country field[/caption]

A low pressure system will bring unsettled weather to the UK this weekend

Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey said: “Saturday will see more unsettled conditions, with showers beginning in the west during the morning which will begin to move across to the east.

“While it won’t be unusually wet for the time of year, some areas in the east could become particularly heavy for an hour or two in the mid-morning to early afternoon.

“Pushing in after that will be a spell of drizzly downpours and some low cloud which will hang over the UK for the rest of the day.”

Between 35-50mm of rain is expected to fall.

It will remain humid across the country, with maximum temperatures of 24C in London and the South East, while central and northern parts of England will reach highs of 20C.

Heavy rain is expected on Friday with some local flooding predicted
Between 35-50mm of rain is expected to fall over the weekend
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Heavy rain and wind is forecast to batter the UK over the weekend[/caption]

Ms Maxey said this is due to a low-pressure weather system near the UK.

Although the rain will lessen during Saturday evening, low cloud and drizzly conditions will continue through to Sunday.

“Weather fronts will bring further cloud and rain at first but clearing to sunshine and showers,” the Met Office said.

RAIN CHECK

The poor weather come as pubs, bars and restaurants begin to reopen in England on July 4, having been closed since March to slow the spread of Covid-19.

But Saturday’s wet weather means pubs and indoor venues could struggle to implement social distancing measures as people may ditch beer gardens and outdoor spaces to move inside out of the rain.

A spokesman from JD Wetherspoon, which plans to reopen all 750 of its venues on Saturday, said: “The weather is out of our control, but our pubs tend to be three times larger than others so we are not worried about people being inside our venues.

“We can’t predict what the weather will be like in England, but we have faith that our customers and staff will be as safe as possible.”

A spokesperson for Stonegate Pubs, which owns The Slug and Lettuce chain, said: “Throughout our pubs and bars, we are implementing clear, safe socialising measures both inside and across our outside spaces.

“We are encouraging customers to pre-book and all bookings work on a time-limit which enables us to manage capacity and customer expectation.


“Should the weather be inclement, we will work with our customers on a common-sense approach, accommodating where we can those that have had to move from outside areas.

“Most customers are likely to check the weather and be prepared for the expected short spells of rain or drizzle.”

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A woman runs to take shelter as rain pours on London Bridge yesterday[/caption]

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People hide under umbrellas and one lady under a plastic bag during heavy rain in Primrose Hill, North London[/caption]



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