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The rain comes at a good time amid indoor hospitality venues reopening to the public who now have a chance to shelter from the heavy downpours. The weather this May has been far from balmy as strong rain and winds have taken hold of the country in place of the expected spring sunshine. Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern has described this weekend’s outlook as a “showery situation” across the entire country on Friday and Saturday, with drier weather potentially coming through on Sunday for a lucky few.

When will it rain this weekend?

The heaviest rain is expected to come throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday, covering the entire weekend.

The Met Office outlook for Friday reads: “Windy and mostly cloudy with spells of rain, heavy at times.

“Feeling on the cold side in the wind and rain, especially in the northeast.

“Further spells of rain this evening, heavy at times, but overnight rain will gradually fade and become mostly confined to eastern UK, winds will also begin to ease.”

For Saturday, the outlook reads: “Rather cloudy at first but brightening up from the west, with scattered showers from late morning.”

Friday will see wind and rain for all parts of the country.

Mr McGivern said: “It is going to be a wet and windy start for many on Friday morning.

“The heaviest rain will be in the north west England, parts of Wales and then increasingly the south west, the Midlands and the rain reaching the south east by the end of the afternoon as a showery situation develops.

“Eastern Scotland as well as north-east England stays dull and damp throughout much of the day – and with the wind in the north west it’s going to feel raw.”

Forecasters have predicted up to four inches (100mm) of rainfall could fall on higher ground in Wales throughout the weekend,

Met Office spokesperson Grahame Madge confirmed the wet weather will linger over Saturday and Sunday, and while the showers will be broken up by sunny spells, it’s unclear how long these will last.

Mr Madge said: “I’m afraid it’s a rather unsettled picture.

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“Saturday night and into Sunday we have yet another system working its way across, bringing rain and showers across the UK and brining more showery conditions behind it.

“Anywhere could see a shower but they are likely to be heaviest along the North Sea coast.”

He said that while Saturday was likely to be the best day of the weekend, any good weather could be short lived as rain sweeps back in.

Mr Madge added: “I think Saturday is going to be the best day for many over the weekend, it certainly looks clearer and probably the second half of Saturday will give most people the opportunity to see some clearer weather.

“But it is quite short lived, so if people are hoping it will extend into Sunday they will be disappointed.

“Western parts probably have the best conditions late afternoon on Saturday and probably the best conditions early on Sunday is the east.”

The meteorologist said it was certain that “the rain will sweep across the whole of the UK” throughout the two days.

He concluded: “There is likely to be the prospect of some sunshine, but how long the duration of that will be between showers is uncertain.”

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