BBC Weather: UK set for thunderstorms and cold temperatures
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BBC Weather’s Matt Taylor warned of hill snow in western England and Scotland this weekend while conditions remain wet. Fresh westerly winds of up to 50mph will send temperatures plummeting to lows of 7C. A yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued in Scotland.
Mr Taylor said: “Let me just show you where the showers are at the moment, the splodges of blue is rain and hail and some hill snow.
“You can see the flashes of lightning as well to come with it. It’s very much hit and miss.
“There are areas around the Midlands from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire, free of showers at the moment.
“But over the next few hours, those showers will move in.
“As we go into the afternoon, fewer showers across parts of England and Wales but they will continue in the west and it will still be heavy and thundery in places too.
“It will feel fresh in a strong wind, not as strong as it has been with highs of 50mph.
“In Scotland, this is where the showers are most likely to be sleet and snow over the higher ground.”
Travellers should prepare themselves for delays as strong winds and heavy showers batter England and Wales overnight.
BBC Weather: UK set for strong winds and rain
The RNLI urged people to exercise caution if visiting exposed cliffs, seafronts or piers due to the “severe safety risk” caused by the wind, which is expected to be accompanied by heavy showers.
The charity’s head of water safety Gareth Morrison said earlier this week: “In a normal year around 150 people lose their lives at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water.
“So, whether you are walking, running or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risks or entering the water.”
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But the unsettled weather is expected to ease over the course of the weekend, with no weather warnings in place for the weekend.
Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst told the PA news agency: “The weekend is set to have an unsettled start but nothing usual for the time of year.”
He added: “We could see some strong winds during the early hours of Saturday morning and lots of heavy showers around particularly in the west.
“But as we go head into Sunday they should become less frequent and not quite as heavy, so it is an unsettled start but as the weekend goes on the winds will start to ease a little bit.”
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