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Sunshine in store for London Marathon runners after UK battered by heavy rain and winds

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Runners taking part in the London Marathon today will be treated to sunshine and settled conditions, following the high winds and heavy rain that swept across large parts of the country on Saturday.

A yellow weather warning for wind and rain was in place across eastern and southern England and parts of Scotland, with the Isle of Wight recording gusts of up to 60mph (97kph) and Dorset measuring 30mm (3cm) of rain over the course of the day.

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But on Sunday, temperatures in London stood at around 11C (52F) between 8-9am as the race began, and will rise to highs of 17C (63F) – the average for October – during the day.

There will still be gusts of up to 35mph (56kph) which could affect runners, and there may be several showers, but these will be fleeting, bringing up to 3mm (0.3cm) of rainfall to scattered areas.

A Met Office spokesperson said: “It looks a lovely sunny morning to come, plenty of sunshine around but a bit of a south-westerly breeze and the cloud will tend to increase as the race goes on.

“Certainly for later finishes into the afternoon, there will be more cloud around the wind will have picked up a little bit, and there will be an increasing chance of a shower developing as well.”

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Some 50,000 runners will take part in the London Marathon today, for the first time since the race was last run in April 2019.

A further 50,000 people around the world are expected to take part in a “virtual” London Marathon this weekend, making it potentially a record-breaking event in terms of runners taking part.

Last year’s event had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, with just elite athletes permitted to run laps of a circuit in St James Park under strict COVID restrictions.

People walk across Westminster Bridge in the rain, in Westminster in London. Heavy rain and strong winds could bring flooding, travel disruption and power outages to parts of England and Scotland over the weekend.
Image: People walk across Westminster Bridge in the rain on Saturday

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

It will stay brighter for most, although some heavy showers could also hit western parts of the country.

Meanwhile, a yellow wind weather warning is in place for the Shetland Islands for Sunday, with gusts of up to 70mph (113kph) expected to cause disruption to travel, especially in coastal regions.

According to the Met Office, further coastal gales are possible in the south and the west on Monday and heading into Tuesday, as another weather system moves in from the Atlantic.

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