UK weather forecast: Met Office rain WARNING with flooding LIKELY and 60mph gusts

UK weather forecast: Met Office rain WARNING with flooding LIKELY and 60mph gusts

Met Office has warned of gales and heavy outbreaks of rain, which could create “tricky” travelling conditions. The weather service also issued a yellow rain warning for parts of England and Wales, which reads: “Rain, heavy at times, on Tuesday giving difficult driving conditions. Windy too, especially in coastal areas. Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely. Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer. Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.”

The warning applies specifically to London and South East England, South West England and Wales, and is in place until 9pm this evening.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “Windy for most of us, and gales around coastal parts of the west and increasingly wet in the west as well. This is the picture at seven in the morning, clear skies yes for the Northern Isles, into eastern parts of the mainland of Scotland but thick cloud elsewhere.

“Outbreaks of rain, some heavy rain moving through Northern Ireland first thing, and Wales, to the south-west, seeing that wet weather move in.

“All of that combined with the strengthening wind, gales around coastal areas, 40, 50mph gusts inland, 60 around exposed coasts and a lot of standing water, especially South Wales and the south-west.

“So tricky conditions for the Tuesday morning rush hour, especially in the west - weather warnings in force. Now the cloud and those outbreaks of rain do move erratically eastwards through the morning and early afternoon, and then it’s a wet end to the day across central and eventually southeastern parts of England.”

Mr McGivern added: “Clearer conditions follow from the west but with a few showers, those showers into western Scotland and into parts of Wales and into the south-west. A blustery night to come, but we do clear away the main area of organised rainfall.

“Temperatures will drop away through the night, a chillier start on Wednesday compared to Tuesday, but widespread frost is not expected because the isobars still tightly packed together, still quite a breeze as we start off Wednesday.

“Some sunshine around on Wednesday, especially for Scotland, northern England, Northern Ireland, showers elsewhere feeding through on this blustery wind.

“Still quite lively weather about, some of these downpours could be quite heavy and prolonged, and certainly a scattering of showers later in the afternoon into most of the west.

“Temperatures a little lower compared to Tuesday, feeling quite fresh, but in the north and the east that’s where we’ll see the best of the sunshine and that is where we’ll see less of a blustery wind so perhaps a bit more pleasant here compared to Tuesday.”

Conditions will remain breezy and showery for many parts on Thursday, with showers heaviest in the west and south with possible thunder.

Showers will east and leave a drier night, but foggy in the north. Another band of rain will move its way up from the south-west on Friday, with a few showers on Saturday.

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