Today will witness a significant improvement in conditions compared to recent days, with blue skies bringing an end to rain and fog across many central areas.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin commented on the conditions, saying: “Not for the first time this week, there will be a bit of frost around first thing on Friday, but overall it will be a sparkling start to what should be a lovely autumn day with lots of sunshine around.”
There will be some exceptions to the sunshine, with a sprinkling of showers pushing into the north-west of Scotland, and conditions will remain cold on Friday morning.
Mr Deakin said: “Further south, it is a cold start and temperatures even in towns and cities will be close to freezing, with a bit of mist and fog around.”
However, the weather expert noted showers over north-western regions will clear up throughout the morning, and temperatures will soon rise in the sunshine.
He said: “Generally, it is a beautiful looking start to the day, with lots of blue sky around and a bit of sunshine will soon start to lift those temperatures.
“It is going to be a fine day by and large, there will be the odd shower during the morning over north-west England, but these should fade.
“Showers in north-west Scotland will also become fewer and further between.”
Overall it will be a sparkling start to what should be a lovely autumn day with lots of sunshine around
The majority of the afternoon will be dry and bright, with plenty of autumnal sunshine.
Temperatures will rise slowly through the day, but will remain in single figures across many northern regions, while reaching peaks of 10 or 11 degrees further south.
Conditions will nevertheless turn increasingly hazy over Northern Ireland and western Scotland, as clouds approach and winds pick up.
The breeze will continue to strengthen across western regions on Friday afternoon and evening, and downpours are set to strike Northern Ireland.
Mr Deakin warned: “We are going to see quite a dramatic change, as outbreaks of rain trickle initially into Northern Ireland through the rush hour and then spread into western Scotland.
“But once they arrive in the north-west, these outbreaks of rain are likely to linger for most of Saturday.”
Elsewhere, it will be a largely fine end to Friday evening, but temperatures will plummet and it will turn “white chilly quickly”.
Conditions will nevertheless deteriorate on Saturday, as rain will continue to push into the north-west, and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning across parts of western and south-west Scotland.
The weather expert said: “There will be outbreaks of rain for much of the day for Northern Ireland, and some of that rain will creep towards western parts of England and Wales.
“Now there is some uncertainty about the timing of this rain, but certainly for the bulk of central and eastern England, it should be a dry and bright day.”