Herefordshire is being warned to prepare itself for flooding and frosts as we head into the weekend and into next week, with the unseasonably warm weather disappearing and replaced by something far more autumnal.

Over recent days, temperatures have reached the low to mid twenties across parts of Herefordshire, with long periods of sunshine. Temperatures have been unseasonably high for October, but this is set to change.

On Wednesday, outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west, some of which will be heavy, with two inches of rain possible over the Welsh Hills, leading to river levels rising.

The real flood risk is toward the weekend, when further heavy rain is expected to spread in across Wales and parts of Herefordshire on Friday. This further rain could see flooding on rivers such as the Wye, so those living near any rivers should keep a close eye on the forecast.

As we head into next week, things should settle down once again, but with cooler temperatures and the possibility of overnight frosts, particularly in rural areas of the county. 

The Met Office forecast for the West Midlands says:

Drier on Thursday with bright spells, especially in the north. Windier with some heavy rain on Friday, notably across the south. Turning colder, but sunnier on Saturday.

On Sunday, expect the heaviest and most frequent showers in the northeast, while the west remains generally drier. Monday will see showers easing, bringing fine and dry conditions for many.

As the period progresses, unsettled conditions are most likely. While drier spells are possible, itā€™s more likely to be wetter than average. 

Wind is expected to be breezy everywhere with gales likely in the north. Temperatures will be a little below average at the start, rising to a little above average later.

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