TEMPERATURES are predicted to plunge over the weekend following the fierce winds and exceptional high tides across the south of the county.

Cumbria-based Met Office, the UK’s national weather service, issued a number of rain and wind warnings before Christmas which continued into the New Year.

A spokesman said Cumbria is due to turn colder from tomorrow night with frost and patchy fog expected.

Sunshine and light showers are forecast on Sunday and Monday with temperatures dropping to between 3-5C – average for this time of year.

Looking to next week, a spokesman said: “Although showers and longer spells of rain will continue to affect the UK, conditions are not expected to be as stormy as those of recent weeks.

“At first, the strongest winds and heaviest rain are most likely in the west of the UK, then perhaps in the south and southwest, whilst the east will hang on to the driest weather.

“It will become colder over the weekend and people will notice a drop in temperature because of the milder weather we have seen these last few weeks.”

Meanwhile, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is warning of the potential dangers posed by portable heaters and urge people to take extra care when using heat devices.

For more information, visit: www.cumbria.gov.uk/ourfuture