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Heavy rain set to sweep across Britain

Get ready for heavy rain over the the weekend Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Parts of Britain are being warned they could face heavy rain this weekend - despite Saturday being sunny in many parts of the country.

So how will the weekend pan out? We can expect a fine start today but turning wet later with some uncertainty for the end of the weekend.

Friday's rain, which will be in Southern England and Wales will still be lingering in the far South of England on Saturday morning, but things will steadily improve before the afternoon.

Rain is expected to fall until Saturday morning Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A weak ridge of high pressure will build from the west through Saturday and that will push the band of rain away into the near continent.

So Saturday is looking good. There will be plenty of blue skies with patchy cloud bubbling up through the day.

It will be largely dry but Northeast Scotland will have a few scattered showers. Winds will be light with temperatures up to 16C at best.

There will be plenty of blue skies on Saturday Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

With clear skies on Saturday night and light winds it will be a chilly night, with a touch of frost and some patches of mist and fog. Although this will herald a beautiful sunny start to Sunday.

A weather front developing to the southwest will gather moisture from the Atlantic as well as an injection of warmth from the Azores.

This will bring wet and windy weather to many on Sunday.

Southern and western parts of the UK will cloud over during the early morning with rain soon arriving, heavy at times.

Rain then likely to spread northeastwards to much of the rest of the country through the day.

This is where there becomes lower confidence in the forecast.

A rainbow above Nottingham Council House earlier this week Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

It is likely the rain won’t arrive in Northern Ireland and Southwest Scotland until after dark and northern and eastern Scotland should get away with a dry day.

However it could still speed up or slow down.

The further north and east you are-here it will stay driest for longest.

Southwest England will have the heaviest and most persistent rain with 40-60mm, possibly up to 80mm-this could lead to localised flooding.

Winds will be light in the sunshine but becoming windy in the rain with gale force gusts developing in the southwest. Temperatures again on the cool side between 13 and 16C.

Enjoy Saturday-it’s sure to be the best day of the weekend .

Wet and windy weather will hit many parts of the country on Sunday Credit: Met Office

Read Laura Tobin's weather blog on the ITV Daybreak website.