Very unsettled weekend

[Updated 21:00 05/02/2016]

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Wet and windy weather will spread across much of the UK during Saturday. The rain becomes very heavy at times and there is the potential for severe weather to develop, bringing localised flooding to the south west and perhaps more widely across the south. Through the second half of the day heavy rain is expected to affect much of the west and north west too. Wind gusts of over 50mph are likely in southern and central regions. 

Southern and central Britain have quite a mild day despite the cloud and rain but in Scotland it will be colder. Check the rainfall radar for the latest view.

Sunday should begin brighter and showery but during the afternoon more persistent rain returns to the north west. In the south temperatures remain close to the early February average but the north will be cold and over high ground snow is possible. Winds strengthen to gale force in southern and central counties, and possibly severe gale force in exposed places. 

Very unsettled weather continues next week. In the north it is likely to be rather cold at times bringing a risk of snow over higher ground and perhaps down to lower levels on occasion. In the south temperatures will be close to the mid February average but wet and windy spells make it feel chilly.

At the present time unsettled weather looks set to continue beyond the middle of the month. There has been discussion about a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW)) leading to a much colder end to the winter but computer models aren't offering much support for this. 

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