UK weather: Heavy rain and strong winds to batter parts of the UK over weekend

Britain is set to battered by blustery downpours over the weekend.

The Met Office has warned winds could reach 60mph as two separate Atlantic low-pressure systems will track to the north-west of the UK.

What's more the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta will lash the country with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday.

The Met Office has issued a series of yellow warnings for rain through to Sunday and warned Brits to get there brolleys out.

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: "This week has been fairly unsettled and we'll see this typical autumnal weather continuing over the weekend, with heavy rain and strong winds expected to bring disruption and risk of flooding to some areas."

One weather warning lasts until just before midnight on Friday and predicts damage to homes and businesses, travel cancellations and power cuts.

It warns there could be heavy rain and gales in mountains in north-west Wales and Cumbria, where more than 100mm of rainfall is possible.

Other parts of the warning zone are north-west England, Wales, the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, Mirror Online reports.

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In these areas, parts of higher ground could see strong to gale-force south-westerly winds, 50-80mm of rainfall, with 25-40mm predicted on lower ground.

Another warning covering Saturday covers parts of Wales, north-west England and Yorkshire and Humber.

The second warning predicts bouts of heavy rain could drench southern, central and western Scotland, causing a risk of flooding.

Some hills and mountains particularly in north-west Wales could see 80-100mm of rainfall and 40-60mm could fall elsewhere on high ground.

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There could also be 20-30mm of rainfall in many places.

A final warning for covering most of Sunday warns "periods of heavy rain" are expected in Wales and north-west England  – bringing a risk of further flooding.

Deputy chief meteorologist Martin Young said: "Saturday will be very wet and windy for many northern and western parts of the country as low-pressure sweeps north-eastwards past north-west Britain.

"Another system quickly follows on Sunday that contains the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta, bringing further heavy rain and strong winds."

Gary White, the duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, said flooding is likely up and down the country over the next few days.

He said: "Our emergency response workers will be at key sites checking defences are in good working order and making sure any drainage grids and screens are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes."

BBC weather charts show winds reaching close to 60mph in parts of the UK over the weekend.

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