UK weather forecast – Wet and wild weekend ahead as 70mph gales lash Britain – but there's a scorcher around the corner

BRITS should brace for a wild weekend with blistering gales and showers – before an 18C scorcher next week.

It comes after the mercury shot up, making some parts of the UK hotter than Ibiza on Thursday.

And today, there will be a mixture of rain and sunshine, making for a wet and wild start to the weekend.

According to the Met Office, today will see: "Early cloud and patchy rain in the north and east clearing to sunny spells for a time before cloud and rain return.

"In the south and west, early rain, heavy at times, followed by sunny spells and showers later."

It is also expected to be fairly windy, according to the forecaster.

Over the weekend "sunny spells and showers" can be expected.

Later on Saturday, the outlook is "wet and windy" with wild 70mph gales forecast in some places.

The outlook for the rest of the week is "unsettled".

Forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker told The Mirror: "The last couple of days the weather really has been quite good, beautiful sunny skies for some of us across eastern parts of the UK but things are probably going to turn now."

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He added a weather front will bring rain, and on Saturday gusts of between 60 and 70mph could batter certain areas, such as the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall.

Mr Schafenaker said: "Next week we are expecting the temperatures to rise even as high as 17C or 18C in south west parts of the UK."

There is currently a flood warning in place for the North Sea coast at Bridlington from this morning until 1am Saturday.

The Met Office warns: "Overtopping waves and spray are expected as a result of strong onshore winds on the coast at Bridlington South Pier between 08:30 on Friday 11/03/2022 and 01:00 on Saturday 12/03/2022.

"Areas most at risk are low lying land and roads; this flood alert covers two consecutive high tides and the low tide in between.

"Our incident response staff are closely monitoring the forecast. Please be careful along beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as large waves and sea spray could be dangerous."

From the beginning of next week through to Thursday, "a mixture of mostly dry weather and sunny spells" is forecast in the Met Office's long range prediction.

It adds: "The most persistent rain is expected across the northwest later Tuesday, before spreading further southeast.

"Drier conditions are likely to establish on Thursday as rain eases in the southeast.

"Temperatures are expected to be near average to mild. Through the rest of the period a northwest-southeast split is expected, with lower pressure, showers, and strong winds across the north, while the south will see the best of any settled conditions and sunshine.

"The strongest winds and heaviest rain will most likely be in the northwest."

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