BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns cold front to take hold ahead of weekend deluge

BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood warned Britons will kick off their day on a “chilly” note as temperatures take a hit as an area of cloud moves in across the UK. Ms Kirkwood said mild showers are to be expected to target the southwest of England and Wales earlier on in the day before the wet front begins to move northwards. The BBC Weather meteorologist said: “It is a chilly start of the day for some of us, there’s some frost around also the risk of ice on untreated surfaces.

“You may be scraping your car’s windscreen this morning but increasingly through the day we’ll be seeing more cloud develop and the rain we already have across southwest England and also southwest Wales it’s going to continue northwards and eastwards.

“But there’s hardly an isobar on the chart telling you there’s not much breeze around at all today. As we start the day, for some of us, we’ve all been off to a sunny start, a cold start where we’ve had clear skies.

“There’s a bit more cloud than we thought there would be at this time yesterday and that cloud is producing rain. Not particularly heavy rain but its spreading from the southwest steadily northeastwards.

“We don’t think it’s going to get into northern England and Northern Ireland. You may well see some showers but the brightest skies today will be across northeast Scotland heading down towards Lothian and the borders. Temperatures 6C in the north to 11C in the southwest.”

The band of rain is expected to move away from the UK during the night but Ms Kirkwood warned some snow could dust the hills in the west of England and in Wales.

Ms Kirkwood also forecasted further frost across Scotland and in Northern Ireland in those areas the rain previously targeted.

The BBC Weather forecaster continued: “Through this evening and overnight, there goes our band of rain moving in the direction of East Anglia and the southeast – it could well deposit some snow in the hills of Snowdonia, the Peak District.

“In its wake a lot of cloud around but clear skies further north means that it’s going to be a cold night for Scotland, northern England and also Northern Ireland, with some frost where we’ve seen some showers on untreated surfaces. But under the cloud, further south, temperatures are holding up.”

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A further rainy front moving northwards from France will produce a new wave of rain in the Channel Islands and southeast of England on Thursday.

Ms Kirkwood added: “So we start from that cloudy note in the south as we go through the course of tomorrow but we also have an area of low pressure very close to us coming up from France.

“That looks like it’s going to bring in some heavy rain across the English Channel and the Channel Islands, clipping southern counties and the southeast of England.

“Move away from this area of rain, and for much of the rest of the UK, we’re looking at a dry day with a few showers around, some bright spells and a little bit of sunshine. As we head into Friday, a lot of dry weather, some sunshine.”

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The BBC Weather forecaster warned two further weather fronts are set to hit the UK on Saturday, bringing in “more in the way of rain” and causing winds to pick up considerably.

The Met Office warned of “rather cold” weather on Wednesday and a mix of sunshine and showers, particularly in the northwest.

However, a “spell of more persistent rain” will be affecting England and Wales midweek, accompanied by winds.

As the weekend approaches, the Met Office warns the weather will likely remain unsettled, with spells of rain interspersed by brighter and showery interludes and the wettest of the weather in the west.

Any snow will mainly be confined to the high ground and perhaps to lower levels in the north and it will often be windy with gales possible in the northwest.

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