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Wind & rain warnings in force but there is a bonus to this weather. Jon Mitchell explains.

A blowy start to the week in York Credit: KERRIE GREENFIELD

The Met Office have strong wind and rain warnings in force today (Monday). Gusts possible to 60mph until midnight tonight and further heavy rain in Pennine areas will swell some of the Yorkshire rivers. Driving conditions will be difficult especially for high sided vehicles on north-south routes. Winds will ease very slowly overnight and it will still be blowy tomorrow (Tuesday). Further gusty winds will continue throughout the week with rainy spells, especially in the west.

Monday's weather chart Credit: Met Office

So what's the up-side to all this? Well, we are currently saving a bob or two on heating bills because temperatures are exceptionally high right now. Take a look at the weather chart above. Trace the isobars back from the U.K. and you'll see our weather is coming from the Azores; the sub-tropical Atlantic. Daytime highs of 15-17C are exceptionally mild and overnight lows will be 10 degrees celsius above normal; lows Monday night for instance around 13C. Expect it to turn colder, temporarily at least on Friday (the 13th!)



Weekend weather prospects with Jon Mitchell

Autumn at Ladybower reservoir Credit: Keith Bown

There is good news and bad news regarding this weekend's weather.

Good news - the fog has gone. Bad news? Rain will never be too far away.

In a way, the timing is all wrong; the clearest skies will come through at night.

Friday night will be fine with well broken cloud.

Saturday morning rain will move in swiftly from the southwest to give a wet spell into the early afternoon. During the afternoon brighter skies will sweep in from the west but further showery rain is likely in Pennine areas.

It will be windy from the west for a time on Saturday evening - worth bearing in mind if you're off to a bonfire.

Windy Saturday evening Credit: MICHIKO SMITH

Saturday night will be fine and clear and Sunday will start bright but by the afternoon showery spells of rain will turn up, especially west of the A1. The driest part of our region on Sunday will be Lincolnshire.

Whilst it will be an unsettled weekend it won't be terribly cold, with daytime highs above normal for early November.

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