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BBC Weather warned travellers to prepare for disruption due to a batch of heavy rain set to hoover over the UK throughout Friday and into the weekend. The deluge is set to move across the UK causing potential gales and thunderstorms in the heaviest hit areas in southwest England and Wales. BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas said: "We’ve got low pressure bringing us some heavy rain and a chance of gales. The weather could well cause some disruption., particularly on Saturday.

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"We’ve already seen quite a bit of rain around this morning as the low pressure is moving its way in from the west. That’s going to be pushing in weather front northeastwards across the UK.

"It’s also bringing us as well as the rain some pretty mild air at the moment so temperatures doing alright for the time being.

"But with all that low cloud, there’s quite a lot of mist, murk, and fog so not very good visibility if you’ve got the morning commute."

"The first patch of rain pushes over Northern Ireland, Scotland and northeastern England, heading its way northwards through this morning.

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BBC WeatherBBC Weather: A persistent batch of rain will target the UK throughout the weekend (Image: BBC WEATHER)

BBC WeatherBBC Weather: The rain is expected to cause disruption for commuters on Friday morning (Image: BBC WEATHER)

Temperatures are expected to remain mild through Friday as an area of low-pressure ushers in warmer air into the country.

She continued: "Some of us will see a little bit of sunshine for some time before the net patch of heavy showers and strong winds works in from the southwest later on today. But for most of us, it’s pretty mild, in the teens.

"A little bit cooler for Scotland through the course of today. But later on

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