There are signs that the weather will start settling down for the start of 2013 but between now and then we have more rain on the way.
So why is the weather so wet & windy? Well low pressure is dominating our weather and pushing in one rain band after another from the Atlantic. You can see the tightly packed icobars on the Pressure Chart which illustrate the strong winds.
TODAYWe are sat in-between two weather fronts which means we are being dealt an afternoon of cloudy drizzly conditions. It will be a windy afternoon too but it's feeling quite mild for the time of year with highs of 11c.
TONIGHT This evening will remain much the same with drizzly rain on and off but from midnight onwards a band of heavy and persistant rain will move into the West Midlands, the wind will increase too. The rain won't reach the East Midlands until around 6am. Temperature wise it will be mild with lows of just 8/9c.
SATURDAYEverywhere will have a cloudy and wet start, the heaviest of the rain will always be in the west. We are expecting standing water and spray on the roads and we will easily see around 15-25mm of rain. The rain band will creep eastwards only to be replaced with heavy showers in the afternoon and it will remain windy. Temperatures will hit 11c.
SATURDAY NIGHTThe showers are likely to continue and turn wintry across the Peak District. It will be windy with a frost in more sheltered spots.
SUNDAYSunday will be a day of sunshine and showers, the gusty wind blowing the showers through very quickly.
NEW YEAR'S EVEDuring daylight hours it will be wet and very windy with gusts of 35 - 40mph. The good news is by midnight it will be dry.
NEW YEAR'S DAYSunny spells and showers and not as windy