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An aggressive weather system heading over the Atlantic is set to mark a hellish end to October, as storms and floods look to be on the way.
With the month having begun with a 'mini-heatwave', recent days have seen conditions take a far more unsettled turn, with last week's Storm Aurore causing flash flooding and even a 'mini tornado' in parts of the UK.
And now forecasters are expecting even more wet and windy weather — with gales up to 60 miles per hour — to coincide with the half term holidays and Halloween.
Prolonged heavy rain and wind is forecast by the Met Office to affect Scotland and Northern Ireland today (Tuesday 26), moving to the west and northwest of England from Wednesday to Friday.
The Met Office forecast for Saturday 30 October to Monday 8 November reads:
"Towards the end of October, Atlantic systems will move in from the west, bringing unsettled and windy conditions.
"On Saturday, although the north and far southeast may see some dry spells, the weather will be unsettled for the rest of the UK, especially in central and western areas, where spells of prolonged heavy rain may develop.
"The weather will remain unsettled across the UK for the rest of October, with heavy rainfall likely to continue in the west.."
In some good news, however, temperatures are expected to be generally around or slightly above average.
Today will be mild across most of the country, but will also see the beginnings of a several-day period of strong winds.
Having been a 2/1 shot last week, bookies now make it just 6/4 for this Sunday to be the wettest Halloween on record.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "Things are only going to get wetter on the weather front, with record-breaking rain set to dampen Halloween plans this weekend."
- UK Weather
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