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Gales ease, but more rain on way


Two girls use a jacket to keep dry as rain continues to fall in London

Two girls use a jacket to keep dry as rain continues to fall in London

Two girls use a jacket to keep dry as rain continues to fall in London

Gale-force winds that battered Britain in recent days look set to ease this weekend, although the unsettled weather is expected to continue.

The area of low pressure which lashed many parts of England with winds of up to 65mph should begin to move away, leading to sunny spells across southern parts of the country.

But another front moving in on Sunday morning will bring clouds - and more rain with them.

The horrendous weather left one man dead when his motorcycle crashed in the wind and rain.

But conditions are expected to get slightly better. Winds should ease off, with drier, sunnier weather in the south but spells of rain over north Wales and southern Scotland.

Gusts will be fresh along the south coast, but nothing like the same scale as yesterday, instead reaching about 40mph and falling away by 6pm.

Victoria Kettley, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "As this pressure moves into the North Sea, the winds should ease down, with gusts of 30-35mph across the country by midday. As the low pressure clears, the showers we have seen should also clear away."

Ms Kettley said outbreaks of rain would continue in Scotland and northern England but the rest of the country could see some sunny spells. But she warned that another area of low pressure was expected to move across parts of the UK on Sunday, bringing wet weather to Wales and the Midlands.

The appalling June weather has wreaked havoc across many parts of the country.

A teenager died on Friday after crashing his motorcycle during heavy rain and high winds. The 18-year-old, from Shoreham, received serious head injuries in the crash in Lancing, West Sussex at about 4.20am. He was taken to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre for treatment, but later died.