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Weather: Heavy rain and risk of gales for Halloween weekend

The Halloween forecast for this year predicts heavy rain and risk of gales - just as well trick-or-treating isn't recommended this year!
Costumes for anyone venturing out for socially-distanced Halloween celebrations may need to be water and wind-proof! (Photo: Adobe Stock)

The rest of Thursday will see some heavy rain throughout the morning, clearing for the evening. Wind gusts will pick up during the afternoon, potentially hitting around 30mph as the day goes on.

Friday isn't predicted to be quite so wet, although light rain showers may arrive into the evening. The temperature will hover around 13C-15C.

The Met Office predicts that Saturday October 31 will start cloudy, with the heavy rain arriving in the afternoon. Anyone spooked by strong wind should prepare: gusts of up to 42mph are forecast. The temperature will be cooler as a result - while the official temperature may reach 15C, it's likely to feel closer to 11C.

It's a very similar story for Sunday to start November; rain throughout the day, getting heavier around 3pm, with strong wind gusts throughout the day.

Chief meteorologist Andy Page said: "Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast. Every year we expect the remnants of decaying tropical hurricanes to disrupt conditions when they enter the North Atlantic.

"The remnants of former Hurricane Epsilon have been subsumed into another deep area of low pressure to the south-west of Iceland, and although the low centre is a long way from our shores and won’t cause disruption, the trailing weather fronts associated with this system will bring wind and rain to the UK, along with a potentially heavy swell."

A yellow warning has been issued for north-west England, Wales and south-west Scotland, to warn of potential flooding, but that has not been extended to the rest of the UK.