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UK weather – Hurricane Epsilon to bring over a month’s rain in just 36 hours as 70mph winds set to batter the UK

HURRICANE Epsilon is set to bring more than a month's rain in just 36 hours on Thursday and Friday.

Heavy rain and 70mph winds are set to batter the UK this week, forecasters say.

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Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said the end of October will remain unsettled.

Substantial rainfall will hit the country from Thursday until the weekend, with up to 130mm of rain predicted in the Welsh mountains, and averages of 30-40mm for the rest of the UK.

Mr Page said: "Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.

"Every year we expect the remnants of decaying tropical hurricanes to disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.


“The remnants of former Hurricane Epsilon have been subsumed into another deep area of low pressure to the south-west of Iceland.

"The trailing weather fronts associated with this system will bring wind and rain to the UK, along with a potentially heavy swell."

On Wednesday, blustery showers are expected in the West, with some heavy and thundery.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said Scotland will see a bright start to the day, but it will not last long as rain moves towards the region.

Showers will cover most parts of the UK by Wednesday afternoon and no place will avoid the downpour, the forecaster added.

Throughout the day, Brits will experience winds especially around western and southern coasts where gales are likely.

Temperatures will generally feel cool, will highs of 14C, Mr McGivern said.

On Wednesday night, showers will mainly cover northern parts of Britain.

Heavy downpours will batter the country on Thursday and Friday, with some rain expected on Halloween too this Saturday.

BBC meteorologist Stav Danaos said there is a minor risk of flooding on Thursday as a frontal system brings another period of wet and windy weather.

The combination of sunshine with blustery showers for the first half of the week could lead to "plenty of rainbows", according to Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon.

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A Blue Moon refers to the very rare occasion when a full Moon appears for the second time in the same month.

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