Great Britain

UK weather today: Super Saturday washout will see ONE month’s worth of rain fall in 24 hours

THE UK will be hit with a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours, as the weather takes a drastic turn on Super Saturday.

Unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain are expected to batter the country over the weekend as many Brits rethink plans of flocking to newly reopened pub beer gardens.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said that far from the bright and sunny conditions hoped for, Saturday will be "dank and dreary" bringing rain and low cloud cover.

'DANK & DREARY'

"We'll see the wettest weather Friday night," he told Sun Online.

"Later on Saturday will bring a spell of heavy rain which clears by Sunday."

Between 35-50mm of rain is expected to fall in just 24 hours ruining plans for many hoping to enjoy a pint in a beer garden.

That's up to a month's worth of rain that will batter parts of the nation, with Wales and North West England among the areas to be hardest hit.

Mr Keates said: "73mm of rain has fallen in Capel Curig in North West Wales over the last 24 hours.

"The wettest places we'll see will be in Wales and North West England, including parts of the Lake District."

"Unseasonably strong winds are expected to affect large swathes of the UK on Saturday night and during Sunday, potentially bringing some localised travel and power disruption," the Met Office warned.

The unsettled weather is due to a low pressure system entering the UK from the west.

Met Office spokesperson Nicola Maxey said: "Saturday will see more unsettled conditions, with showers beginning in the west during the morning which will begin to move across to the east.

"While it won't be unusually wet for the time of year, some areas in the east could become particularly heavy for an hour or two in the mid-morning to early afternoon.

"Pushing in after that will be a spell of drizzly downpours and some low cloud which will hang over the UK for the rest of the day."

It will remain humid across the country, with maximum temperatures of 24C in London and the South East, while central and northern parts of England will reach highs of 20C.

Ms Maxey said this is due to a low-pressure weather system near the UK.

Although the rain will lessen during Saturday evening, low cloud and drizzly conditions will continue through to Sunday.

"Weather fronts will bring further cloud and rain at first but clearing to sunshine and showers," the Met Office said.

RAIN CHECK

The poor weather comes as pubs, bars and restaurants begin to reopen in England on July 4, having been closed since March to slow the spread of Covid-19.

But Saturday's wet weather means pubs and indoor venues could struggle to implement social distancing measures as people may ditch beer gardens and outdoor spaces to move inside out of the rain.

A spokesman from JD Wetherspoon, which plans to reopen all 750 of its venues on Saturday, said: "The weather is out of our control, but our pubs tend to be three times larger than others so we are not worried about people being inside our venues.

"We can't predict what the weather will be like in England, but we have faith that our customers and staff will be as safe as possible."

A spokesperson for Stonegate Pubs, which owns The Slug and Lettuce chain, said: "Throughout our pubs and bars, we are implementing clear, safe socialising measures both inside and across our outside spaces.

"We are encouraging customers to pre-book and all bookings work on a time-limit which enables us to manage capacity and customer expectation.

"Should the weather be inclement, we will work with our customers on a common-sense approach, accommodating where we can those that have had to move from outside areas.

"Most customers are likely to check the weather and be prepared for the expected short spells of rain or drizzle."

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