Strong winds and heavy rain affect parts of the UK

Official blog of the Met Office news team

After an exceptionally dry September, the UK has seen its first bout of widespread heavy rain and strong winds so far this autumn. An area of low pressure centred close to Iceland has driven a cold front eastwards across Britain, bringing unsettled weather, particularly in the west.

Highest rainfall totals

Some of the highest rainfall totals are shown below (between 10pm (5th October) to 10am (6th October):

SITE NAMEAREARAINFALL (mm)
CAMBORNECORNWALL44.8
LLYNFRYNACHPOWYS43.8
SOUTH UISTWESTERN ISLES41.4
CARDINHAMCORNWALL40.2
KATESBRIDGECOUNTY DOWN34.6

Strongest wind gusts

There have been some strong wind gusts in parts, particularly across exposed western areas. The highest gusts are below:

DATE/TIMESITE NAMEAREAWIND GUST (MPH)
06/10/2014 03:00SOUTH UIST RANGEWESTERN ISLES84
06/10/2014 05:00ALTNAHARRA NO 2SUTHERLAND78
06/10/2014 02:00TIREEARGYLL77
06/10/2014 05:00MACHRIHANISHARGYLL75
06/10/2014 01:00MAGILLIGAN NO 2LONDONDERRY

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