UK weather forecast: Temperatures to plummet as cold snap hits with 50mph winds

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Britain is to be battered by multiple bands of rain and 50mph winds as temperatures drop as low as 5C in the aftermath of Storm Barbara.

The named storm from Spain and Portugal has rampaged across the UK for two days, but new foreboding weather fronts are arriving in her wake heading into the weekend.

Thursday acted as a ‘stopgap’ between the worst of the torrential rain, but saw scores of flood warnings in place, with more downpours and gale force gusts arriving into Friday.

A cold snap will start to set in on Saturday, with overnight temperatures plummeting well into single digits in the early hours of Sunday in Scotland.

BBC forecaster Chris Fawkes said two weather fronts are bringing in rain today – but said by the afternoon things could clear in parts as temperatures rise into the teens.

“One pretty obvious splodge of blue heading into the west of the UK – another less obvious area of rain…across south west England,” he said.

“That’s going to spread to the Midlands and East Anglia whilst turning more coherent after that and a bit heavier – probably some rain in the south east for a time as well.

“That first batch of rain clears out of the way early Friday, brighter skies follow, then our main band of rain pushes eastwards into England and Wales.”

But he said the front will quickly weaken leaving the rain “lighter and patchier” with “sunshine developing pretty widely” by around 4pm.

However, the weekend sees a “cold front on the way”, bringing with it another band of rain and “some very gusty winds”.

Mr Fawkes said the strongest of the gales are likely to be in the south and could be “strong enough to bring down some trees” meaning the potential for local disruptions.

He added a “short lived but very intense band of rain” will also strike on Saturday before the temperatures drop on Sunday.

UK 5 day weather forecast
Today:
Rain moving eastwards across all parts, this heavy at times mainly in the west. Showers then following into western parts, heaviest in the northwest. Mild in the southeast and breezy for many.

Tonight:
Some lingering rain clearing the southeast with showers in the northwest dying out. Dry for many but further heavy rain and strong winds arriving into the west and northwest.

Saturday:
Wet and windy with gales in coastal districts, locally severe in the west. Rain moving eastwards, lingering in the southeast into Saturday night, but clearing to showers in the west.

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Sunny spells and heavy showers Sunday and Monday, heaviest and most frequent in the north and west. Outbreaks of rain spread eastward across all parts Tuesday with blustery showers following.