Temperatures are set to drop to single figures as a new weather system arrives from the Atlantic on Friday causing severe disruption across the western parts of the country.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir warned rush hour on Friday might prove “tricky” for drivers in Northern Ireland and Wales.
She said: “Through Thursday evening you can see this rain lingering on becoming heavy at times across Northern Ireland and western Scotland and then moving in across west Wales as well as the west country.
“Towards the east, it’s going to be another clear end to the night and temperatures are going to be in the single figures housing a bright but chilly start to Friday.
“On Friday we watch as another batch of wet and windy weather arrives from the Atlantic.
“The Met Office has issued warnings for this rain and wind through Friday.
“Likely to be across Northern Ireland, the west country, certain parts of Wales.
“The risk of flooding here associated with gale force winds, so some tricky driving conditions, particularly for rush hour.
“So we watch through the first part of Friday as this batch of more patchy rain moves towards the east and we will see some brighter skies for a time.
“And then this other area of rain and winds sweeps in from the west.
“So a wet end to the day on Friday and that rain lingers on through the east on Saturday morning.”
BBC meteorologist Lucy Martin warned of savage storm formations sporting “severe gales” pounding the west of the country in particular.
She forecast “low pressure out towards the west and these weather fronts gradually pushing north throughout the day.”
There will be a brief interval of frigid tranquillity tonight.
Ms Martin said: “Under the clear skies it’s going to be a chillier night than we’ve seen of late. We could wake up to a touch of frost.”
But that episode is merely an exception to the swollen skies set to blanket the country on Thursday and Friday.
The BBC veteran explained: “The next area of rain starts to work its way into western parts.
“At times there will be heavy rain and quite gusty winds but over in the tranquillity, it’ll be largely dry and bright with highs of around 14C.
“As we move into Friday it’s all eyes to the west again. This next area of low pressure will bring some stormy conditions to the west.
“We’ll see that heavy, persistent rain pushing into Northern Ireland and into western parts of the UK.
“Some strong winds with that as well – gales or severe gales at times, temperature at a maximum of around 14C in the south-east.”
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