Rain, snowmelt in UK to prompt river flooding concerns

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 09, 2018, 9:26:29 AM EST

A north and south divide is expected into the weekend in the United Kingdom as mild air surges into southern parts of the country while the north remains chilly.

Many locations across Wales and England will have their highest daytime temperatures since late January on Saturday.

High temperatures will range from 10-14 C (50-57 F) across Wales, the Midlands and southern England.

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These temperatures are more typical during mid-April than the middle of March.

Unfortunately for those hoping to enjoy some outdoor activities, rain will accompany the milder air as it surges northward.

A soaking rain will spread from south to north through Saturday, dampening all of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

"With snow still melting and the arrival of steady rain, there's an enhanced threat for flooding," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

Some streams and small rivers are already near or above minor flood stage across England due to the recent snowmelt. Areas that are experiencing flooding can expect it to continue through the weekend.

Even areas that do not experience any flooding will have to deal with slower travel at times due to the rainfall.

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Farther north, a few rain and snow showers will dampen Scotland as cold air remains locked across the area. As steadier precipitation moves in Friday night into Saturday, snow will fall across the Highlands and can lead to slippery travel.

"Rain will become showery as opposed to steady across Southern England Saturday and there will be a threat for thundery showers across the southwest," Roys said.

High temperatures will range between 9 and 15 C (48 and 59 F) on Saturday.

The milder air will finally reach Scotland by Sunday.

Those heading out to celebrate Mother's day across England and Wales will want to grab a brolley before they leave as showery spells are expected. It will remain mild though with similar high temperatures as Saturday.

A storm from the Atlantic will then threaten the United Kingdom with rain and gusty winds around midweek.

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