UK weather: Storm Katie to batter Britain as bookies slash odds for wettest Easter ever –

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As Storm Katie is set to hit the country, bookmakers have now slashed the odds on it being one of the wettest Easter’s on record.

Forecasters are unable to predict where the largest amount of rain will fall due to the nature of the showers, the Met Office said.

Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds into 2-1 from 4-1 after seeing a flurry of bets for this Easter being the wettest since records began.

However, forecasters say they do not believe it is unlikely.

The record for the wettest Easter stands at more than 148mm of rain falling at Oakeley Quarry, near Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynnedd on Easter Sunday on April 14,1963.

This weekend the Met Office predicts the most amount of rain to fall will be up to 50mm.

A spokesman said: “As a record breaking Easter it doesn’t look like it is going to do it.

“The record has stood for over half a century and the rain this weekend will be no where near.

“There will be heavy and thundery showers but temperatures are set to remain in double figures between 10C to 14C.”

The Met Office has issued a severe weather alert has been issued for Saturday.

Deputy Chief Operational Meteorologist Dan Harris said, “An active frontal zone will advance eastwards bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Gusts of 45 to 55 mph are likely quite widely, with exposed coastal areas likely to see more frequent gusts of 55 to 65 mph.

“The largest rainfall totals on Saturday are expected over north-western areas. Here we’re likely to see 20 to 40 mm widely and perhaps as much as 50 mm in exposed sites.”

In 2014 the UK saw one of the wettest Easters in 10 years.

Two warnings are in place for strong winds on Saturday and on Monday.

Gusts are expected to reach up to 70mph.

The rain will become more widespread on Saturday with “heavy bursts” expected.

Met Office forecaster Sophie Yeomans said: “Most of the UK is going to see rain.”

Strong winds are set to make Saturday a blustery day, with gusts of 55mph expected in some areas, rising to 70mph in coastal areas.

Easter Sunday will be brighter, with some sunny spells, but the showers are set to continue.

A Coral spokesman added: “If the betting is anything to go by, it looks like it is going to be another damp bank holiday weekend. Punters have been knocking us over to back this Easter being the wettest on record and that gamble is showing no signs of stopping.”

Patricia Yates, VisitEngland’s director of strategy and communications, said as many as six million people are expected to take an overnight trip in the UK over the Easter weekend.

UK weather: Storm Katie to batter Britain as bookies slash odds for wettest Easter ever –