BBC Weather warning: UK braced for ‘punchy’ downpours – washout threatens to ruin weekend

The UK is set for a largely dry day on Saturday with a high-pressure front attempting to make its way into the outlook. Towards the south-west a weather system will try to make its presence known and could cause some outbreaks of rain, the BBC has forecast. But later on in the weekend the system will cause cloud and “punchy” rain to drift into the nation “anywhere from the Midlands northwards”.

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Commenting on the conditions for Saturday BBC meteorologist Louise Lear explained it would be largely settled.

She said: “There is a weather system just typing to squeeze its way into the south.

“That will feed a bit more cloud perhaps towards the south-west later on this afternoon.

“Elsewhere a lot of dry weather. Showers from northern Scotland tending to clear.

“But if anything, perhaps congregating into parts of the northeast.”

Ms Lear went on to explain although the picture would be dominated by light winds, there could be the odd sharp shower in the northeast of England.

She said: “There could be the odd sharp shower here but generally quite light winds and in terms of how the day will feel, rather similar to yesterday.

“Temperatures widely in the mid-teens – a little cooler for northern Scotland.

“Perhaps up to 17 or 18 in the south-east.”

Looking ahead to Sunday the weather expert warned conditions would become more unsettled as showers move in.

She said: “More showery prospects generally through Sunday.

“Anywhere, really, from the Midlands northwards.

“Some of these showers could be pretty punchy.

“So for the driest of the two days for the weekend, I think today is your best bet.”

According to the Met Office most places will remain fine into the start of the working week.

The Met Office’s outlook for Saturday to Monday said: “Sunny spells Saturday with showers in the north and east. Cloudy with rain in the far south Sunday, sunny spells elsewhere with showers in the north. Most places fine Monday.”

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