Britain is due for a thrashing this weekend, with torrential rain and strong winds expected.

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Britain is due for a thrashing this weekend, with torrential rain and strong winds expected.

In a weekend washout, the UK will be lashed by winds of up to 65 mph. Forecasters predict severe rain and gales to hit the southeast today before heading north.

Meteorologists predicted “a lot of rainy and windy weather,” with Northern Ireland “faring best,” as cars and pedestrians faced already damp conditions.

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Oliver Claydon of the Met Office said: “A wind and rain warning has been issued for a significant portion of the south coast of England as well as the east coast up to Norfolk.

“Wind gusts could reach 45 miles per hour inland, with a probability of 65 miles per hour at the shore. It’s also a rain warning, which means 30 to 40mm (1.2 to 1.6in) of rain could fall in as little as six hours.” A weather warning has also been issued for eastern Scotland from this afternoon until the early hours of tomorrow, with a probability of 40 to 50mm (2in) of rain.

Mr Claydon continued, ” “In parts of eastern Scotland, up to 70mm (2.8in) of rain is expected overnight on Saturday, implying heavy rainfall.

“The majority of the UK is expected to be wet and windy on Sunday. The broad showers, on the other hand, should pass swiftly.” Temperatures will be cooler in the coming days, but circumstances are expected to remain unpredictable. There is no chance of snow.

Temperatures are expected to be higher than average by the end of the month, according to the forecast.

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