it will be a weekend of contrasts weather-wise for Bristol and Britain as a sunny Saturday gives way to the first major storm of 2020 to hit the country.
The weather forecast from the Met Office from 6am on Saturday is for a fine, sunny and dry day in store, with temperatures up to an almost spring-like and balmy 11C by early afternoon as the sun warms the air around Bristol.
It will continue to be mild and sunny into the afternoon and evening, and the temperature – unusually for a February evening – won’t drop off as the first hint of Storm Ciara comes.
Saturday evening will be a dry but cloudy night, with the wind strengthening from the south and south west, noticeably so as the evening approaches midnight.
There will be gusts of wind getting up to around 40mph, so anyone out and about on Saturday night should take care.
Sunday begins with the first few drops of rain of the storm arriving – expected to hit Bristol by the early hours, at around 3am.
By 6am, the rain will be heavy and persistent, and dawn will break on Sunday morning on a very dark, wet and windy day.
The temperatures will actually be milder than Saturday – up to 12C but no one will care, for it will be very wet, very windy and pretty horrible out there.
The Met Office have issued a weather warning for the Bristol area for this morning and into the afternoon. The yellow weather warning is for the wind – although the rain will be pretty bad too.
The Met Office warning is for disruption to travel because of the high winds – so expect the M48 old Severn Bridge to be closed, along with potentially some outdoor visitor attractions and estates.
The yellow warning for Bristol is in place for the whole of Sunday, with the wind generally up to 27mph, gusting to above 55mph in places.
The dark clouds may break a bit in the afternoon, and we might even see sunshine and showers for a time, but as darkness falls, the rain will continue fairly relentlessly, and Monday will begin wet too.