BRITAIN is bracing for 60mph gales in parts today as the summer gives way to autumnal winds and a severe dip in temperatures.
Met Office weather experts also warn of torrential rain in parts – especially across the already-soaked northwest on Wednesday.
In its latest forecast, the Met Office said: “Heavy showers and gales in Scotland, Northern Ireland and northwest England through the day.
“Rain in southeast England to begin with, then clearing.
“Elsewhere, often windy with sunny spells and scattered showers, perhaps heavy.”
Temperatures in parts will hold up in the mid-to-high teens on Wednesday – and may even hit 21C in the southeast.
But these figures will quickly tumble through this week as the typical September weather bites.
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As the days progress this week, high temperatures will only muster around 17C by Friday – with a slight improvement to 18C at the weekend.
On today’s outlook, Met Office weather forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “Sunshine replaces the rain and then it’s a fine day for southern England as well as much of Wales.
“But for Scotland, Norther Ireland and the far north of England outbreaks of rain or showers continue to tumble in along with an increasingly brisk wind for the north and west of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“There will be gaps in between the rain though there will be some sunshine.”
By Wednesday evening, the gale-force winds will be the main weather feature – with 55-60mph possible in some areas.
It comes as Met Office figures revealed the three months from June to August were Britain’s 12th warmest since records began in 1910.
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But while hot summers tend to be drier, this summer was the seventh wettest recorded for the UK as a whole.
Tim Legg, of the Met Office’s National Climate Information Centre, said: “The picture for each of the three months was different depending on where you were in the UK.
“Southern England and Wales endured the heaviest rainfall in June, whereas Scotland and northernmost parts of England saw the heaviest rainfall in August.”
Fierce gales will rip through parts of Britain today, as this Met Office wind map shows. The northwest will bear the brunt of the strong gusts – which could reach 60mph[/caption]
Heavy rain will affect the southeast and northwest of the UK today, the Met Office said[/caption]
Temperatures will range from the low double-figures in the north and west to the high teens and even 21C in the south and east[/caption]
Waves whipped up by high winds break over the Grosvenor Breakwater at Morecambe, Lancs, last weekend[/caption]
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