UK weather forecast: FLOOD WARNINGS issued as Britain faces 40mm of rain TODAY

UK weather forecast: FLOOD WARNINGS issued as Britain faces 40mm of rain TODAY

The Met Office has warned that up to 40 mm of rain is due to fall in Scotland, England and Wales when the storm hits on Monday. The latest weather warning of harsh rain comes after Storm Deirdre left 15 inches of snow and rain in the north of the country as well as bringing with it 80 mph winds. The stormy conditions, snow and freezing rains hit on Saturday December 15, which is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The Government’s website has issued flood alerts for Eastern Yar, Lower Frome and tributaries, River Lugg, Rivers Clyst and Culm and South East Somerset Rivers.

The Met Office has not issued any weather warnings yet, but the weather is likely to cause localised flooding in the areas where rivers are already close to spilling their banks.

Met Office meteorologist Martin Bowles said: “The rain will start in Northern Ireland and move across the west of the UK.

"Over the 24-hour period 40mm rain is set to fall in Dumfries and Galloway as well as the moors of South West England and the hills of West Wales.”

Drivers have been warned to watch out for yellow warnings before they set out on their Christmas getaways as rain and ice is likely to cause chaos on the roads across the country.

The freezing rain is expected to lead to ice and treacherous travelling conditions.

Most of the country endured harsh rains and gales on Saturday as Storm Deidre swept in, which caused multiple crashes on the roads, particularly in Scotland.

Police in Dumfries tweeted: “Road described as very icy with multiple vehicles crashed.

“It appears the freezing rain may have arrived on the motorway.”

The Met Office warned between 40 to 50 cm of snow fell in the central highlands and said melting snow an more rain could create flooding.

Police Scotland have warned of increased accidents on the M74 and warned motorists to avoid the “treacherous” A9.

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