Wind warnings were issued ahead of the weekend as a low pressure system is expected to bring strong gusts and heavy rain on Friday and Saturday, with even sleet and snow forecast in some spots.
The strongest winds are expected to arrive in northern Scotland on Friday afternoon and then spread to the rest of Scotland, Northern Ireland and some exposed coasts of northern England in the evening.
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Met Office deputy chief meteorologist Chris Almond said: “Wind gusts are expected to reach widely 50 to 60 mph, with 70 to 80 mph possible in coastal areas, particularly parts of Scotland and North Ireland.”
In addition to the strong winds, the rain will also move south across the country on Friday, with the showers increasingly turning to hill snow in the north. This winter mix of showers will continue on Saturday, and although snow is possible almost everywhere far from the extreme south, accumulations will probably be confined to the hills.
The windy period is expected to bring potentially disruptive gales that could cause delays in road, rail, air and ferry transport, with a small chance that exposed roads and bridges could close as well.
There would be a low risk of damage to buildings, such as blown roof tiles and damage to temporary structures such as Christmas markets.
By Sunday, showers will be mostly confined to eastern coastal areas – but there could still be snow on the hills.
In a change of temperatures in the fall so far, temperatures this weekend will be well below average for many, with daytime single-digit temperatures for the most part with overnight frosts possible.
This volatile weather is expected to continue into next week with showers and rain, as well as potential snowfall over the northern hills at times.
Here is the weather forecast for Lancashire.
Tonight and tonight:
Showers are expected initially this evening, but will soon dissipate southwards and clearer skies will follow.
It will then be cold tonight, with a fairly extensive frost developing away from the coats.
Minimum temperature -2 ° C.
Thursday will be mostly dry and sunny, but it will be much colder than today (Wednesday 24).
Some scattered clouds should develop in places and it will be much windier.
Maximum temperature 7 ° C.
Outlook from Friday to Sunday:
There is a windy weekend ahead, especially Friday and Saturday.
Friday should be windy, followed by rain and showers later.
On Saturday, the strong wind is expected to continue with gales and heavy winter showers over the hills.
Those strong winds are expected to ease considerably by Sunday, when the end of the weekend is expected to be drier and sunnier.
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