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UK weather: Maps reveal where rain will hit as February poised to be wettest in 258 years

More showers set to lash UK on Wednesday and Thursday continuing February’s washout

Stuti Mishra
Wednesday 28 February 2024 06:45 GMT
UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

Some more showers are set to lash parts of the UK this week after what is set to be the wettest February in 258 years.

Wednesday will have a dry start for most, the Met Office forecast says, but rain is expected to move in from the West expanding eastwards, and covering all parts as the day progresses.

The showers will continue intermittently throughout the week, occasionally blustery with some sunny spells.

”Whilst there will be some heavy rain at times this week, it’s not going to be as wet as it has been through much of February,” said Alex Burkill, meteorologist at the Met Office.

Overall, 129mm of rain – two-and-a-half times the 48mm average – will have drenched Britain by the end of the month, Met Office’s preliminary figures show, making it the wettest February in over two and a half centuries.

Here are some maps showing the rainfall forecast on Wednesday.

A band of rain can be seen moving into the UK from the west covering Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland and the southwest by the afternoon.

A band of rain will enter the UK covering Northern Ireland and Western parts by 1pm (Met Office)

This band of rain will continue to move through the country eastwards, covering the Midlands and parts of Southwest England as the day progresses.

The rain will be heaviest over the western hills, the Met Office warned, with the forecast showing some regions receiving up to 4mm per hour of rainfall.

By evening at 5pm, this band of rain will cover large parts of England and Scotland, with parts of Southwest seeing heavy rainfall (Met Office)

Some areas in the Southwest England, Midlands and far north of Scotland can receive heavy rainfall.

There are about 117 alerts for potential flooding and 40 warnings still in place, but most have been removed. The Met Office has warned some regions can still be prone to flooding as the rain falls on already saturated grounds.

The band of rain will continue to move across the country, covering parts of England by afternoon and weakening in the process (Met Office)

By evening, the rainfall is expected to intensify in Wales, with the amount falling in northwest Wales including Snowdonia. Some regions can see upto 8mm per hour rainfall.

By 8pm, rainfall can get heavier in Wales, with up 8mm per hour expected in regions in yellow, and around 4mm per hour in regions in green (Met Office)

Overnight on Wednesday, the band of rain will be covering almost the entire country, with 0.5-2mm per hour expected to fall largely while some areas can see occasional heavy rain.

By midnight, forecast shows widespread rainfall with occasionally heavy showers in Scotland and parts of Midlands (Met Office)

Temperatures are expected to remain in the single digits throughout the country, around the average for this time of the year.

“We’ve had this chilly air over the weekend and to start the week, which is why it’s been a bit colder than it has been recently. But temperatures are only around average for the time of year,” Mr Burkill said.

But there will be a slight increase in mercury in the next couple of days with a low-pressure system bringing warm air in, Mr Burkill said on Tuesday.

“The jet stream is going to change its position as we go through the next couple of days running across the UK and then pushing a little bit towards the Northeast, allowing for some milder, warmer air to make its way across,” he said.

“So that’s why temperatures are going to rise as we go towards the middle part of the week.”

But mercury will again drop on Friday as air from the Arctic comes in once again, the Met Office said.

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