Ex-Hurricane Oscar battles UK with severe gales and torrential downpours

Ex-Hurricane Oscar is set to bring severe gales (PA)

The tail of ex-hurricane Oscar is set to bring a wet and windy weekend, with torrential downpours and severe fails expected.

The north-west of England and much of Scotland will likely suffer the brunt of the heavy rain, and the Met Office has warned that flooded roads could lead to some travel disruption.

People braving the cold to attend fireworks displays on Saturday evening have been advised to brace themselves for strong winds as a weather system moves in from the Atlantic.

Gales of up to 60mph are predicted across western Scotland and it will be a generally gusty day across the UK, meteorologist Mark Wilson forecasts.

“It will be pretty windy across all areas, particularly in the north and west and there will be some heavy rain around,” he said.

It’s forecast to be windy across the country (PA)

“Across south-eastern parts of England it will be generally dry, although breezy.

“Further north-west, some heavy rain and some strong winds as well could affect the (fireworks) displays.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain covering central and western parts of Scotland and the North West of England throughout Saturday.

Areas covered by the warning are expected to see between 1.2in and 2in (30mm-50mm) of rain, with as much as 3.1in (80mm) forecast on high ground.

Scotland and North of England are likely to bear the brunt of the weather (PA)

Wales is also set to experience heavy rainfall, while Northern Ireland will see showers and strong winds.

Those in the South East of England will see the best of the weather on Saturday night.

Temperatures remain milder than they have been all week, reaching between 12C (53.6F) and 14C (57.2F), but the windy and wet weather is likely to make it feel cooler, forecasters added.