The Met Office has warned Britons about the severity of floods to come as some part of the country experienced half a month’s worth of a rainfall in a day. Though, it was quick to point out that many parts of the country will experience dry spells, with rain gradually easing throughout the day.
Meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “Friday, overall a lot drier cold starts because Northern Ireland and Scotland with frost here and some fog patches across parts of England – they’ll be slow to clear away.
“The frost will be slow to lift across Scotland with showers coming in across the coast, in the north, well we could see some icy conditions here with a bit of snow on the hills.
“It is a dry, fine start for northern Ireland, but it is cold – just above freezing in Belfast perhaps but rural areas seeing a frost and some fog patches over our parts the Midlands.
“In eastern England in particular it’s still quite damp but the persistent heavy rain has now eased away, so a much drier day in northeast England but still some showers coming in here through the day from the North Sea.”
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Alex Deakin drew attention to the frost that will hit Scotland
The midlands and north of England yesterday experienced a huge amount of rainfall, estimated to be around half of November’s average rainfall in the space of a day.
Amber and yellow weather warnings were in place and have continued to stay in place overnight going into Friday morning.
The yellow warnings are in effect across northern England including Lincoln, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, Scarborough, Middlesbrough and parts of Manchester.
This warning is in effect from 6am on Thursday through to Friday at 6am.
The rain will largely subside, though floods and overflowing rivers will continue to cause problems
Mr Deakin continued: “Whereas for Wales, Northern Ireland and most of Scotland by and large a sunny day, skies brightening in the southwest as well too many showers in southeast England but some will keep going across East Anglia and northeast England
“For most of the day it’s gonna feel pretty cold here as well 7C (44F) to 9C (48F) without wind coming in from the North Sea, single digits across Scotland – just 5C (41F) or 6C (42F) here but there will be some sunshine.
“Highest temperatures probably across South Wales southwest England 11C (51F) or 12C (53F) is just about possible.”
The drop in temperatures will make for an icy blanket covering much of the UK.
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An icy chill will work down through northern and central England
A band of rain will move in over the weekend
Mr Deakin continued: “Temperatures will fall away quite quickly through Friday evening, heading away for the weekend – most places set fair through Friday evening but still some of those showers keeping down going down the eastern side of England.”
Here, Mr Deakin points to an icy cold blue hue on the map sat just across Scotland and the highlands.
This will slowly work its way down to northern England and bring a frost to areas that have endured extreme rainfall.
He said: “Frost forming pretty sharply on Friday evening – it is gonna be a cold start to the weekend but notice there is a band of rain starting to approach that is this weather front which is moving its way towards the UK.
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“Temperatures will be tumbling, so it’s going to be a cold start to the weekend there will be a frost.
“This band of cloud and rain on this weather front as it hits that cold air out while that could provide some wintry weather.
“Some snow is likely over Hills as that wet weather moves in, chiefly it’ll be ready across northern Ireland.”
Wales is likely to have much of the snow, with its highland areas victim to a wintry chill.
Mr Deakin said: ”Snow likely over the hills and mountains here pushing into parts of northern England again hills, the mountains, the Pennines and parts of Scotland.”
The amber warning mens homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to buildings.
In higher ground the rain will turn to snow as temperatures struggle to creep above zero
Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely to materialise near rivers and brooks, likely to cause eager to life.
Delays and cancellations to train and bus services are also likely, with Northern rail already having said a number of routes, including the Todmorden to Rochdale Cross to the Penine line, had been closed due to flooding.
It added that lines are blocked at stations including Hadfield and Rotherham Central.
Mr Deakin urged viewers to keep updated with weather alerts and warnings via the Met Office.