BRITS are set for a cold and wet weekend as temperatures drop – before wind and rain returns to batter the country next week.

After hundreds of homes were plunged into darkness and travel was severely disrupted last night during 60mph winds, it looks like the UK could see more of this wintry weather.

 Ferries are seen struggling against the 50mph winds while trying to enter the port of Dover in England

A Met Office spokesman said of today after the weather warning had been removed: "It will still be windy, especially round the north east coast but the threat of these gales over the eastern side are moderating, so we shouldn't see anything in terms of impact.

"There's going to be a lot of leaves, otherwise we will see some fine weather following on behind with some rain to move through.

"It will be a fairly afternoon, quite a cold night, and we'll see some showers around.

"But otherwise quite a lot of bright sunshine developing.

 A child sits on a woman's shoulders while watching the rough sea yesterday afternoon in Brighton on the south east coast
 Strong gusty winds and cool temperatures greeted hardy dog walkers as they took their pets for a run on the beach at Southport on Merseyside

"Tomorrow another fine day but it will remain windy in the north and south west."

They added Friday will see morning sunshine but some showers developing in the afternoon for the north and it will be quite cold.

Saturday should see rain and drizzle for most parts for much of the day, but Sunday will be drier.

There will still be some showers but some brighter spells breaking through during the day.

 Dog walkers still took to the beach at Southport in Merseyside despite the blustery conditions this morning

And the rain and wind is set to return on Monday for much of the UK.

Heavy rainfall and strong gales of between 40 and 50mph swept through the country until 9am this morning.

Northern parts of England and Wales felt the brunt of this autumn storm.

UK Power Networks said towns and villages including Gorleston, Thetford, Northwold and Lenwade had been blacked out.

More than 170 homes in an area south of Lenwade were without electricity, another 152 homes were blacked out south of Thetford and in Gorleston, on the east coast, 32 homes were without power.

In Northworld, 85 homes have been hit and earlier this morning hundreds of other homes around Blofield and Salhouse were plunged into darkness.

The Met Office said in a yellow weather warning yesterday: "Westerly winds will bring gusts of 40-50 mph, and locally into 60s of mph.

"In addition, rain will be heavy at times, especially over northwest England and north Wales.

"Whilst this weather is not unusual for the time of year, it brings the potential for disruption to transport, tree damage and temporary power cuts."

 A woman shields from the rain in Southport after the Met Office forecast further heavy downfalls 

A Met Office spokeswoman said that the peak of the storm would occur today at around 6am and 7am and could "make the morning rush-hour commute tricky".

She said that there's the potential for power cuts because of branches being blown off during the storm.

But she stressed: "It's due to a band of low pressure and very typical for this time of year in the autumn."

The spokeswoman said that there could be frost overnight in Scotland and temperatures in low single figures in England and Wales.

 The sun was trying to break through the early morning clouds at Mousehole in Cornwall

But she said the conditions will change dramatically within 24 hours.

"Friday will be a lovely day with lots of autumn sunshine," she added.

Earlier this week, bookies cut the odds on this being the wettest October on record as the month began with heavy rain and gale-force winds leading to severe weather warnings.

Bookmaker Coral is offering odds of 5-2 for there to be snow in October.

A record period of bad weather is being forecast in the run up to the end of 2017.

Storm Brian will be the name of the expected first of several powerful storms expected to pummel Britain before the new year.

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