Rainfall set for return after weekend treat under the sun
Sunshine and warm temperatures are expected this weekend across the Westcountry in the wake of two days of storms and high winds.
According to the Met Office, parts of Devon and Cornwall could enjoy temperatures as high as 17 degrees Celsius on Saturday and Sunday.
However, despite the brighter outlook the fine weather does not look set to last long as early indications point to rain returning to the two counties at the beginning of next week.
Today a Met Office severe weather warning remained in place for the second day in a row with heavy rain expected to dump 50mm (2in) across Devon and Cornwall over 48 hours and winds tipping the 50mph mark.
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A spokesman for the Met Office said people should take advantage of the fine weather while they could.
She said: "Thursday will be wet, windy, drizzly and pretty miserable overall but we should be coming out of it.
"By Friday the winds should have dropped a fair bit although there will still be a steady north westerly wind keeping it cool.
"Temperatures will range up to 14 degrees Celsius (57 Fahrenheit).
"Saturday will be better with temperatures of between 15 to 16 in parts of Devon, including Plymouth, and we might even see slightly higher temperatures of 17 (63F) in patches east of Dartmoor.
"Over the border in Cornwall there will be slightly lower temperatures of 13 to 14 with a breeze.
"By Sunday the picture will be roughly the same with temperatures between 15 to 17 in most areas."
Forecasters say bad weather currently in parts of Scotland could shift south, bringing rain by Monday.
The spokesman added: "At the moment the timings of the weather system moving in from Scotland are uncertain, but rain is likely by Monday.
"People should get out and about this weekend and enjoy the decent weather while they can."
Environment Agency chiefs have lifted a flood alert in place since last week in the upper Tamar area including Bude, Helebridge, Bridgerule, Canworthy Water and Yeolmbridge.
In other parts of the South West a series of flood warnings and alerts remain in place, including around Bristol.
While there may have been some spots of localised flooding, as of yesterday afternoon there were no major incidents in Devon and Cornwall.
However, Environment Agency bosses said there was still a risk of isolated flood warnings being issued as heavy rain was expected to strike around midnight.
A spokesman for the Agency said late yesterday afternoon: "With more heavy rain on its way overnight we could well be putting out flood warnings in parts of Devon and Cornwall.
"We're obviously keeping a very close eye and as yet don't know exactly which parts will be affected."