The Catch-up: Is summer over?

What happened?

Heavy rain and winds are going to batter large parts of England and Wales this weekend, according to the Met Office. The unseasonable weather brings a risk of flooding and damage to buildings and also poses a danger to motorists. A low pressure system will descend on the UK from Friday afternoon and is expected to last most of Saturday. The Met Office has issued yellow rain warnings for most of the UK – except the far north-west and south east of Britain - which come into force from midnight on Friday.

Is this the end of summer?

The stormy conditions come just weeks after the July heatwave that saw the highest ever temperature recorded in the UK. Forecasters say the rest of the month will be wetter and windier than is normal for the time of year, quashing hopes of a late-August heatwave. BBC weather forecasters say unsettled weather will continue into next week due to further low pressure and rainfall is likely to be higher than normal for the time of year.

Rained off

Two summer music festivals due to happen this weekend have been called off because of the danger posed by extreme weather. Boardmasters festival in Cornwall was cancelled this week and Houghton Festival in Norfolk was called off earlier today.

Read more:

Yellow warnings issued as Britain braces for more heavy rain and strong winds (Yahoo News UK)

More events cancelled as forecasters warn of thunderstorms and 60mph gales (Evening Standard)

Record July temperatures prompted A&E chaos (The Telegraph)

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