Cold weather to follow rain and floods

Eight flood warnings remain in place in north-west England after torrential rain threatened livestock and farmland in Lancashire and Cumbria.

More than 70 people and 20 horses were rescued from floods in Lancashire as bad weather hit the UK late on Wednesday (22 November).

Cumbria has also been badly hit.

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Upland farmer Colin Bateman recorded more than five inches of rain in 36 hours at Croft Foot Farm, Docker.

Organic dairy farmer and cheesemaker Eric Horn, of Gilsland, near Brampton, tweeted a photo of wet weather gear hanging up to dry.

The Met Office says colder weather is on its way towards the weekend because most of the UK will be enveloped in a polar maritime air mass.

Windy weather saw inland gusts of 40-50mph and gusts of up to 70mph in exposed areas, with heavy rain leading to flash flooding and train cancellations.

Snow on the way

Meanwhile, a forecast for heavy snow in Scotland has resulted in a yellow warning for northern and central Scotland from midnight until 1pm on Thursday.

Forecasters said 2-5cm of snow was likely to accumulate fairly widely within the warning area, with 10-20cm possible over higher ground.

Once the windy weather clears away, colder air is expected to push its way south across the country, leading to a temperature drop for this weekend.

Temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will struggle to get above single figures, and there will be widespread frost across much of the country.

For southern England, temperatures may reach 8-9°C, whereas northern England may reach only 5-6°C, says the Met Office.

Showers could fall as snow during this cold spell – even to quite low levels – although the ground remains warm and accumulations of snow are unlikely.

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