UK weather: sunshine and calm conditions for London marathoners as heavy rain and wind ease | british news

Runners taking part in today’s London Marathon will be treated to sunshine and calm conditions after the high winds and heavy rain that swept across much of the country on Saturday.

AN yellow weather warning as there was wind and rain in eastern and southern England and parts of Scotland with the Isle of Wight recording gusts of up to 60 mph (97 kph) over the course of the day and Dorset experiencing 30mm of rain (3 cm) over the course of the day.

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But on Sunday, temperatures in London were around 11C (52F) between 8am and 9am when the race started, and will rise to 17C (63F) during the day – the average for October.

There will still be wind gusts of up to 35 mph that can hit runners, and there may be several showers, but these will be fleeting, bringing up to 3mm (0.3cm) of rain in scattered areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “Looks like it’s going to be a nice sunny morning, lots of sunshine around but a little southwest wind and cloud cover will tend to increase as the race progresses.

“Certainly for later arrivals in the afternoon, there will be more clouds around the wind and the chance of a shower will increase.”

About 50,000 runners participate in the London Marathon today, for the first time since the race was last run in April 2019.

An additional 50,000 people around the world are expected to take part in a “virtual” London marathon this weekend, making it possible to break a record in terms of participating runners.

Last year’s event had to be canceled due to the pandemic, where only top athletes were allowed to run laps on a circuit in St James Park under strict strict conditions. COVID limits.

People walk across Westminster Bridge in the rain, in London's Westminster.  Heavy rain and strong winds could lead to flooding, travel interruptions and power cuts in parts of England and Scotland this weekend.
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People walk in the rain on Westminster Bridge on Saturday

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Other parts of the UK will also see average temperatures on Sunday, for example Manchester will peak around 14C (57F), but the north of the UK is likely to get more rain during the day.

It will remain clearer for most, although there may also be some heavy showers in the west of the country.

Meanwhile, there is a yellow wind warning for the Shetland Islands for Sunday, with gusts of up to 70 mph (113 kph) expected to disrupt travel, especially in coastal areas.

More storms are possible in the south and west along the coast on Monday, according to the Met Office, and heading into Tuesday, when another weather system moves in from the Atlantic.

More heavy rain and strong winds are expected in parts of Wales and southern England early next week.

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