UK weather: Blustery winds and heavy rain to hit in just days as Atlantic jet stream brings Autumn blast

Picture supplied by Bav Media 07976 880732. Picture dated August 25th shows people under umbrellas during the heavy rain in Cambridge on Thursday morning as storms hit the region. Tourists sheltered under umbrellas as they went punting on the River Cam in Cambridge today (Thurs) as heavy rain hit parts of England after weeks of dry weather. Many wrapped up in raincoats as they toured along the historic Backs in the university city. Others struggled to avoid puddles as the Met Office put out a yellow warning for thunderstorms and heavy rain in the East of England until 3pm today. Tomorrow (Fri) eastern areas will be clearer but further rain will arrive from the west to southern Scotland and northwest England. The weather is however set to improve for the Bank Holiday weekend, with the Azores High moving in and providing lengthy spells of dry and fine weather for many. See copy catchline Heavy rain punting Cambridge

THE country is set to be lashed with blustery winds and heavy rain in coming days as an Atlantic jet stream brings an autumn blast.

But, the next 10 days will also see some calmer weather – in between the icy winds and downpours.

The country is set to be hit with an autumn blast in coming days

The Met Office said bands of heavy showers will move in from the northwest this week, and bring blustery winds, too.

Showers and longer periods of rain are expected to settle in the north today, getting heavier as the day goes on.

It will be windy, with coastal gales in the far north.

Met Office’s Alex Deakin said the next few days will be dominated by low pressure to the north, and high pressure to the south.

He said: “Plenty of isobars are on the charts, meaning it’s going to stay pretty blustery.

“At times we’ll see these weather fronts drifting through, bringing bands of showery rain across the country.

“Up until Saturday, we’re going to see a mixture of sunshine and showers with strong, blustery westerly winds.”

Many will be able to enjoy some drier weather on Saturday – with just a chance of showers in the north – but it won’t hang around for long.

Alex said: “A little area of high pressure is looking to build in and bring many places and fine and dry day on Saturday.

“Sunday, however, has a few more doubts.

“That area of high pressure will be slinking off and then weather fronts and low-pressure systems – a couple of them, in fact – look to merge to bring some more unsettled weather on Sunday.

“However, there’s some uncertainty about the position, track and timing of these fronts.”

He added: “What we look to be left with through next week is a similar pattern to what we’ve got now, with low pressure systems mostly to the north and areas of high pressure to the south and a reasonably active jet stream pushing everything along.”

This comes after drivers were caught in ‘flash flood’ chaos yesterday.

The Met Officer told the Sun Online, Llyn-y-fan in South Wales had the heaviest rainfall in the country with 68.6mm falling a 24-hour period.