Weekend washout as rain lashes south and it could last for two weeks

It looks set to be a washout weekend for many as the rain doesn't look like relenting over the next few days.

Downpours are coming on Saturday and Sunday in some areas – and it may be two weeks until it clears up properly.

There could be patches of sunshine on offer as well but the wet weather will dominate with heavy rain set to lash London.

Up to 2.8in of rain could fall and rural areas are on alert for flooding and treacherous road conditions.

But the good news is the cold is still a some way away – temperatures should remain at around 16c.

The south could see the worst of it on Saturday following yellow warnings being put in place cross parts of western Scotland as well as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield on Friday.

From 4pm things are expected to be very wet in the capital while the sun will come out in central Scotland.

High winds could arrive on Tuesday but there will be more sunny spells and patchy cloud to follow.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Rain will continue to affect parts of southern England and the far south of Wales.

"Elsewhere clear intervals and scattered showers, most frequent and heaviest in the northwest. Chilly in the northeast.

"On Saturday, rain continues across southern areas, reaching parts of central England for a time; a cool-feeling day. Northern areas will be brighter with scattered showers, most frequent in the northwest.

"Sunday to Tuesday will be often cloudy with rain or showers across central and southern areas, but generally brighter with isolated showers in the north. Rain and stronger winds arrive from the west on Tuesday."

Saturday will be better in the north of the UK according to Meteorologist Alex Burkhill.

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