A stormy system inbound for the UK this weekend will tip out several inches of rain in just two days, forecasters have warned.
The system – inbound via the Atlantic – is expected to dash any hopes of a more pleasant end to July as it arrives tonight.
Largely pleasant conditions for much of the country will quickly turn sour as thundery showers tip out up to a month’s worth of rain over the next few days.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Tony Zartman, a senior forecasting meteorologist at Accuweather, said up to 100cm could fall over 48 hours.
The storms could also stir up gale-force winds, lashing Britons who dare to brave the rainy weather.
Mr Zartman said that most of the rain would fall over Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23.
Between those two days, the “widespread” rainfall will centre on England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The forecaster said: “We expect that most of that rain that falls this weekend across the United Kingdom will be on Saturday and Saturday night.
“However, there will continue to be lingering showers on Sunday, some of which can be thundery across England.
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“Widespread rainfall amounts across much of Northern Ireland, England and Wales will be on the order of 0.50 to 1.50 inches (13 to 38cm) with localised higher amounts of two to four inches (50 to 100cm) possible in areas that get heavier, more persistent rain and thunderstorms.
“The heaviest rainfall may be aimed across parts of Northern England into portions of the Midlands.”
Mr Zartman warned that the rain could have several impacts across the country.
He continued: “Impacts in locations that get heavier rain will be ponding of water on roadways and some street flooding that can result in road closures for a time and travel delays.”
Accompanying “gusty” winds could also “blow around unsecured objects” as the rain falls.
The forecaster explained: “In addition to the rain, the wind can be locally gusty across southern Wales and southern England Saturday and Saturday night with some wind gusts of 30 to 45mph (48-72 k/hr) possible.”
Scotland, as previously predicted by the Met Office, will provide some respite for those hoping to escape the more severe weather, with the home nation set for sunny spells
But it could still see some rainfall, albeit “less than 0.50 of an inch”, Mr Zartman said.
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