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Annual Bonfire Night plans face being axed this year as Storm Ciaran’s aftermath is set to bring a wet and blustery weekend ahead.
Forecasters had initially been monitoring this weekend’s unsettled band of weather through fear it could result in the next named Storm Debi rearing its head.
It would mean the UK has battled three storms in three weeks, the two latter just 24 hours apart. But despite no current indication of a new named storm coming, the mercury is not set to play ball this year.
Organisers of many outdoor firework events have already decided to cancel or postpone due to already water-logged fields and grounds.
The Met Office has confirmed it is not ruling out anymore weather warnings in the coming days.
But longer-range forecasts make for hard planning – as a mixed-bag of wet and windy conditions are expected to continue into the middle of November.
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Met Office spokesman Graham Madge told Express.co.uk: “After Storm Ciaran, there’s a further low pressure system reaching the UK in the weekend which will bring further wet weather.
“At the current range, there’s not really much else I can say on it other than southern areas likely to have a wet weekend, and warning responses will be considered as the forecast develops further.”
Weather maps currently show a brief period of calm on Friday night before already flood-hit areas gear up to contend with more torrential downpours.
By 9am on Saturday the southern coast of England, along with large swathes of Wales will see more heavy rain – which will eventually centre more on the south east as the day goes on.
Met Office Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Brent Walker, added: “Once Storm Ciarán has passed, the weather over the weekend continues to look unsettled for many with more showers and rain at times.
“Warnings will continue to be updated over the coming days, so it is important to stay up to date with the Met Office forecast in your area.”
Some smaller scale firework events have announced cancellation, but bigger events, such as the big display at Leeds Castle in Kent is holding out, urging people to “dress for the Great British weather.”
Beamish Hall, however, a large display which usually attracts crowds in County Durham has decided to call off this year’s display.
Organisers said they had “no choice” and that the decision “had not been taken lightly” as they confirmed ticket-holders would receive a refund.
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Weather on Saturday, November 4
The Met Office nationwide forecast broady says: “The north will have sunshine and showers on Saturday, whilst further wet and windy weather affects England and Wales.”
A yellow warning of rain has been issued by the forecaster for Saturday which covers a large part of the south eastern coast of England. It stretches from Portsmouth in Hampshire to Thanet in Kent.
The warning says: “A spell of heavy rain followed by frequent heavy and blustery showers are expected to affect southern coastal counties during Saturday.
“Around 20-30mm of rain could accumulate in some places with perhaps as much as 40mm by the end of the day.” This could result in yet more flooding and disruption on the roads.
It adds: “Accompanied by strong winds along the coast, these showers are likely to cause flooding of a few roads, leading to travel disruption and possibly the flooding of a few homes and businesses. In addition, dangerous coastal conditions with large waves and spray are likely.”
The warning comes into play at 3pm until midnight on the same day.
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Weather on Bonfire Night: Sunday, November 5
Sunday’s forecast so far looks to be delivering more settled conditions, meaning some firework events who are holding out may still be able to go ahead.
Along the south eastern coast only light drizzle is expected between 8am and 9am on the day, with a cloudy facade for the rest of the day.
There are no active weather warnings for any part of the UK on Sunday, although this could change at any point.
However, across central London the Met Office is currently giving more than 50 percent chance of rain among some brief sunny spells.
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