Flood alerts, 40mph winds and temperatures plummet to -1C in Britain

met officeFamilies on summer holidays in Britain faced more bad news today as 40mph gusts and 1.5 inches of rain arrived.

The washout August continued after the UK had freezing temperatures with -0.8C in the Highlands yesterday.

There is also a flood alert in Somerset – and it all comes just a fortnight after Oxfordshire hit 33.5C on July 19.

Meanwhile up to 0.8in of rain in an hour and 1.6in in three hours could fall in northern Scotland this afternoon.

An area of low pressure pushing in from the Atlantic will bring heavy and frequent showers in the North West.

And it will also be unseasonably windy today with gusts of up to 40mph expected across western exposures.

Forecasters expect today to be wet and unsettled in Scotland and Northern Ireland with thundery rain outbreaks.

But for most other areas, there will sunny spells and showers once rain clears the far South East of the country.

Tonight will see showers ease across Scotland, although some patchy rain is likely to persist throughout the night.

There will be clear spells and scattered showers elsewhere, with the rain most frequent in the North and West.

Tomorrow will be brighter and less windy, with sunny spells, variable amounts of cloud and scattered showers.

But some showers could be heavy with the chance of hail and thunder, particularly in the afternoon.

Friday will be generally dry and fine with sunny spells, although the odd light shower cannot be ruled out.

And on Saturday, Scotland will become wet and windy, but it will be drier elsewhere with some warm sunshine.

Next week could also be unseasonably cold with temperatures as much as 7C below average for August.

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