Weather blog: Get ready for wind and rain

Friday 24th

After a stormy start to the week, wet and windy weather returns this weekend. On Monday night the remnants of ex hurricane Gonzalo moved into northern Scotland. During the early hours of Tuesday morning an active cold front moved through Scotland and Northern Ireland, then into England and Wales. While the rain was heavy at times, the wettest place was Cluanie Inn in Ross and Cromarty with 51 millimetres, almost two inches of rain, it was the winds and the time of arrival that caused the damage.

Britain to fight EU demand for futher £1.7bn

Britain is to fight the EU on the extra £1.7bn it is demanding as a budget contribution, it has emerged.

EU chiefs explained the sudden rise in contributions as a way of reflecting Britain's growing economic stability after the 2008 crash.
However, a Downing Street source made clear the UK will challenge the demand.

The source said: "It's not acceptable to just change the fees for previous years and demand them back at a moment's notice."

David Cameron held talks this evening with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, who also faces an extra 642 million euro bill, on what steps they can take next.

Why do the clocks go back?

This Sunday the clocks go back which means that the days get shorter and the dark nights get longer.

While for some people autumn and winter are just colder, wetter and more miserable - for millions of people in the UK, this time of year can bring serious mental illness. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that has a seasonal pattern and now affects so many.

Laura Tobin is here to explain why this happens and why the clocks need to go back at all.