The BBC weather forecaster told viewers heavy showers will be predominant across the whole country today with only brief dry spells throughout the day for Northern Ireland and south-west England. Carol Kirkwood warned showers will be heavy and thundery and the wet conditions are set to last for the rest of the week. She said: “The rain today is curtesy of this front which will take probably till lunchtime before it clears off completely into the North Sea.
“Then later the next fronts will come our way.
“As that rain continues to push away, clearing by lunchtime, we can see how skies brighten and we might see some blue skies.
“There will be sunny spells and at times there will be areas of cloud and some scattered showers across Scotland.”
She added some thundery and heavy showers may also hit England and Northern Ireland.
She continued: “Through this evening and overnight we start off with dry spells east but then all these fronts coming from the west will bring rain.
“Blustery winds pushing steadily eastwards.”
Some areas were hit by more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours. Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said it had been a “soaker” of a day.
Mr Keates said: “It’s been very autumnal.
“This caused several track circuit failures and we had to close several platforms around 4.30pm while we worked to fix the issue.
“These platforms reopened shortly after 5pm, though there will be residual delays while we restore services.”
Mr Keates added: “We’re looking at a pretty wet rush hour for Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow as well.”
There will also be heavy rain in the south-west of England.
Despite the “blustery, wet night” ahead, Mr Keates added: “The saving grace is that it’s not going to be a particularly cold night, not getting below 11C or 12C.”