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Weekend washout forecast with 50mph gale-force winds and torrential rain

Torrential rain and gale-force winds are set to sweep into Britain as temperatures plummet.

Scotland took the worst of rainfall lashing down over Wednesday night but heavy downpours and fierce gusts felt elsewhere were a sign of what is to come.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has this morning issued eleven flood warnings and 13 alerts today.

Temperatures dropped as low as 4C in parts during the early hours, with Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill predicting it could be "cold enough for a touch of frost in some sheltered spots".

Forecasters predict some high pressure will halt the stormy weather for much of Thursday until a return of low pressure alongside a new frontal system in the evening.

Throughout the weekend, starting Friday there will be plenty of heavy rain and strong wind up to 50mph – despite temperatures potentially reaching 16C on Saturday.

BBC forecaster Stav Danaos said Thursday will "probably be the driest and sunniest day of the week so far", with plenty of sunshine.

However, cloud coverage into the evening will mean any settled weather is "pretty short-lived" and temperatures will average 11-13C, meaning a drop from yesterday.

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Danaos said: "That weather front in the west sweeps across…tonight into Friday morning and then as we head into the weekend another area of low pressure arrives – that's going to bring a lot of wet and windy weather.

"Once the early rain clears on Friday, it'll be sunshine and showers, and it turns windy and wetter for Saturday and Sunday, but it will be mild, particularly in the south."

Mr Burkill, meanwhile, said temperatures will remain higher than average into the weekend due to mild air being dragged up from the southwest by the blustery winds.

Referring to Thursday, he went on to say: "For many, it is going to be a mostly dry day, but there will be some showers particularly across western parts of the UK.

"Winds will be a little bit lighter than over recent days."

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