A storm of HURRICANE strength will strike Britain at wind speeds of 60 mph and torrential rain – just in time for the weekend.
The Met Office has issued yellow weather alerts for parts of the UK as the country prepares for blackouts, roadblocks and floods.
Winds could be strong enough to produce the season's fourth named storm – Deirdre – even though the forecasters still have to give it the title officially.
Forecaster Alex Deakin said: "There is a deeper low pressure area out in the Atlantic.
"This will play a big role in the weather in the coming days.
"The isobars are starting to squeeze together – meaning the wind will get stronger all day, and these weather fronts will bring rain groups all over the area.
"On Friday we have a yellow weather warning for wind and rain.
"Heavy rains initially across West Scotland, West Wales – he tends to get to parts of the Midlands and more central parts of Scotland.
"This active weather system will catch up later in the day, making the afternoon wet over Northern Ireland, Wales and South West England.
"The winds are also increasing, coming from the south, so the air is not cold – temperatures will be in the double digits, maybe down to the depths of the teenager, and feel pretty mild – though it obviously feels colder the strength of the wind.
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"Gradually, the rain continues.
"We have warnings in parts of Wales, South West England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland.
"This rain continues its way towards the east coast, where it is reached later in the evening.
"But for many, the rush hour on Friday night is not very pleasant: it gets wet, stormy, lots of water splashes and water on the streets.
"The winds are likely to reach 40 km / h, perhaps 50 km / h inland, but on the coasts we could see gusts of 60 km / h, accompanied by high waves – that could lead to coastal flooding.
"Over the course of Friday night, this weather will make its way to the northeast of Scotland, but once this band has been in the North Sea, we have some sunshine and a lot of showers.
"When it comes to chill, they come and go because of the strong wind – although the wind on Saturday will not be as lively as on Friday.
"It's going to be a stormy, hilarious weekend, temperatures will be 10 to 14 degrees, so it's not cold and there'll be more sunshine and showers on Sunday."
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The weekend is set for hail and thunder, while showers will most likely hit the south and west of the country.
Sunday is restless and airy with showers or longer spells, especially in the west and south.
The best sunshine will prevail in the north and east with mild temperatures.
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