30 October 2009
Big changes in the weather are predicted over the weekend with a spell of heavy rain and strong winds, with gales or severe gales expected in some areas, in stark contrast to the recent spell of settled weather.
Rainfall totals up to 60 mm are possible in some places, and winds could gust to between 60 and 70 mph.
Exactly which regions of the country will see the strongest winds is uncertain at this stage. The latest information will be updated regularly on the Met Office website.
The change in the weather will be accompanied by a fall in temperatures, and made to feel colder given the strength of the wind.
Met Office Chief Forecaster, Frank Saunders, said: "There is a risk of some severe weather over the next few days. We are actively monitoring how the situation develops and you are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecast on TV, radio or online."
The very unsettled theme to the weather is expected to continue through the first week of November, with further rain or showers at times and strong winds.
Temperatures have been well above average, with daytime highs of around 19 or 20 °C at times during last week, but that is all set to come to an end.
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