Britain’s Indian summer set for stormy end with mercury plunging, wind and rain

Britain has been enjoying an Indian summer, but it is set for a stormy end with plunging temperatures to be accompanied by wind and rain.

Parts of the nation have been enjoying a relatively balmy late autumn with the mercury nudging 18C.

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said it has been "at least four degrees above the average for this time of year" but more unsettled weather is on the horizon with cooler air, wind and rain coming in.

Overnight temperatures were expected to fall during the early hours of Wednesday with lows of 5C in the north of England, 6C in Scotland and 7C in London predicted.

Scotland, northwestern parts of England and Northern Ireland are set to see the worst of the weather before gales push the weather front eastwards.

The Met Office's outlook for Thursday says: "Turning cloudy and windy in the west with heavy rain and gales arriving later."

It continues for Friday to Sunday: "Remaining unsettled with strong winds, showers and longer spells of rain. Rainfall heaviest across western hills, with many sheltered eastern areas seeing little rainfall and some good spells of sunshine."

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The Met Office put a yellow weather warning in place, meaning there is likely to be some travel disruption, for the west of Scotland from 2am on Wednesday until midnight on Thursday

The warning says: "A band of rain will push in from the west during the early hours of Wednesday, this will persist throughout the day with accumulations of 40 to 50 mm widely expected within the warning area.

“Potential for 70 to 80 mm in Dumfries and Galloway and across Skye. This will be accompanied by strong southerly winds.”

Six days of warm weather saw temperatures hit 16.8C in Wisley, Surrey on Tuesday, and they reached as high as 18C in Wales on Monday.

But the country could experience up to three inches of rain with 50mph gales also on the agenda.

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