UK weather: Britain to be battered by 'a month's worth of rain' and gale force winds this weekend

A man walks in the rain along the River Thames Embankment footpath in central London, Friday July 19, 2019.  After a period of hot sunny weather, much of Britain is suffering under rain clouds and a cold front.(Stefan Rousseau/PA via AP)

Following scorching temperaturesand washouts in July, Britain is set to be hit by 40mm of rain this weekend.

A weather warning has been put in place by the Met Office for south-west England, Wales and parts of the north.

Parts of the UK will be battered by winds of up to 40mph on Friday.

Forecasters predict the weekend downpours, which in some places will exceed a "month's worth of rain", will "become widespread and heavy at times" throughout Friday.

A rain warning is in place for the south west, Wales and parts of the North on Friday (MET OFFICE)

But conditions are expected to warm up shortly after.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 8am on Friday until 10pm that evening.

The Met Office have said the wet weather will cause disruption to those travelling on road and public transport.

Cars make their way through standing water on a main road near Peterborough, England, after heavy rain fell overnight, Sunday July 28, 2019.  Weather forecasters have issued a yellow weather warning for rain across and possible travel disruption in many parts of England on Sunday. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

It also said flooding of homes and businesses is also possible in some areas.

A summary read: "Rain is expected to become widespread and heavy at times during Friday. Heavy rain may also coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening leading to difficult driving conditions on major routes.

"The heaviest rain is most likely over high ground, where some places may see 60-80 mm. Strong winds are also expected with 30-40 mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills."

The gloomy weather will carry on through the weekend, with up to 1.6in (40mm) of rain predicted to fall in some areas, with more thunderstorms across the UK also predicted.

But in a long range forecast, the Met Office predicted there could be a "long spell of dry and sunny weather" around the end of August.

It read: "There are signs that high pressure will increasingly dominate the weather across the British Isles.

A sunny summer day with high temperatures during a heatwave in London, UK, on August 1, 2019. People including adults and children playing with the water in a dancing fountain at Granary Square, Kings Cross. In July 2019 London city and other cities in Europe had the highest ever measured temperature and the hottest day, a historical record high showing climate and weather change. (Photo by Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

"Southern areas are most likely to see the driest and sunniest weather at first, perhaps with some lingering wet and potentially windy conditions affecting the north.

"However, longer spells of dry and sunny weather may develop across all parts.

"Temperatures are generally likely to be warmer than average."

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Water is pumped from the A555 near Kitt's Moss in Bramhall, Cheshire, where a major incident was declared late on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding.
A bike rider comes to a halt as flood water blocks a road on the A555 near Handforth, Cheshire, where a major incident was declared late on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding.
The roof of a submerged car on the A555 near Handforth, Cheshire, where a major incident was declared late on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding.
A sinkhole caused by flooding in the garden belonging to Simon Howcroft in Poynton, Cheshire, where a major incident was declared late on Wednesday after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding.
Martin Ward inspecting flood damage in his house after it was flooded in Cheshire, after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding on Wednesday.
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Hazel Wainwright outside her house after it was flooded in Poynton, Cheshire, after heavy rainfall caused severe flooding on Wednesday.
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Soldiers from 2 Yorks arrive in Grinton, North Yorkshire to help out with flood damage, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
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Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A man rides a bike through flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A man drives along a flooded road near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A collapsed bridge near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A collapsed bridge near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A collapsed bridge near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
A man takes a photograph of a collapsed bridge near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday.
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