BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns flood risk high as persistent rain and breeze batter UK

BBC Weather meteorologist Carol Kirkwood warned of widespread downpours splitting the UK in a north-south divide for most of Monday. The Met Office issued to yellow weather warnings for flooding across most of the northwest coast of the UK and Northern Ireland. Ms Kirkwood said: “We’ve got some lovely sunshine first thing this morning. It’s blustery conditions and also some rain.

“As we go through the course of the day, some of that will ease but it will remain fairly blustery and we are also looking at low pressure, once again, being in charge of our weather.

“It’s been with us for the last weekend and it has produced a lot of heavy rain, it’s going to produce some heavy rain in the north again today. There’s a flood warning in place around the Keswick area.”

The BBC Weather meteorologist said showers will be “on and off” across the north for most of the day while the south of England is set to enjoy a blustery day of sunshine.

She continued: “First thing this morning, the northern half of the country is seeing a lot of rain, it will be on and off through the day, easing a touch in the afternoon, but some of that will still turn showery and be heavy and potentially thundery.

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“Further south, we’re back into bright skies, there is some cloud around, the sunniest conditions will be in the southeast. But wherever you are, we’ve got gusty winds today. Gusting up to about 40 mph widely, so certainly you’ll notice that.

“Temperatures below par for the time of year, we’re looking at roughly between about 15C in the north to maybe 18C-19C as we come further south.”

The BBC Weather forecaster said the area of low pressure in charge over the past few days will move northwards towards Scandinavia overnight, with winds winding down.

Ms Kirkwood said: “Through this evening and overnight, the low pressure dominating our weather pushes out into the North Sea, heading into Scandinavia and winds release a little bit but it will still be breezy across Scotland.

“And tonight as well there’ll be still some showers around, it will be fairly cloudy and it’s not going to be a cold night, most of us staying in double figures temperature-wise.”

Another area of low pressure is expected to move in on Tuesday, signalling another day filled with drizzle and sunshine.

Ms Kirkwood added: “Tomorrow, one area of low pressure will be over Scandinavia but we’ve got another one coming in so tomorrow will start off in the south with a lot of cloud, some showers, some drizzle.

“The rest of the UK, we’re looking at some sunshine but also some showers developing, temperatures up a notch than what we’re looking at today.

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According to the Met Office’s yellow weather warning, up to 4.7 inches of rain could fall in some areas of northwest England and Scotland on Monday.

Flooding is possible at the Loughborough Urban Watercourses and tributaries of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

But the Met Office long-range forecasts have predicted more settled and warmer weather is on the way for the UK as we head into July.

The forecasters said: “Changeable weather will probably continue through the first weekend of July although the rain may become more confined to the west and northwest.

“The best of any drier, brighter weather more likely across the south and east of the UK.”

The Met Office added that the improvement is expected to hit in the second week of July, with “signs that the weather may become drier, more settled and warmer again.”

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