BBC Weather: Flood and thunderstorm WARNINGS as torrential downpours BATTER Britain

BBC Weather: Flood and thunderstorm WARNINGS as torrential downpours BATTER Britain

Britain is set to be battered by a powerful storm system this weekend, bringing gale force winds and torrential rain. The Met Office issued a yellow warning of thunderstorms for England and Wales from 2pm to 11pm on Friday. The warning states: “Heavy thundery showers may cause some travel disruption. Some flooding of a few homes and businesses likely, leading to some damage to buildings or structures. Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer. Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

“Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely.”

The Environment Agency has also issued nine flood alerts for England and two alerts for Scotland, warning of river levels “forecast to rise” as a result of heavy rainfall through Friday evening.

BBC weather presenter Nick Miller said: “Some rain around and the potential for even heavier downpours for some of us now going into this evening.

“It’s all from this area of low pressure that will take the rain further northwards as we go through the night. But some spots are brightening up in southern England, south Wales, on towards the Midlands, going into the evening.

“But it’s within this zone we’ll see some big showers developing, perhaps some torrential downpours breaking out. And some areas will see a lot of rain in a short space of time with the risk of some disruption.

“So you see where the persistent rain is sitting through northern England, parts of Wales into the south west, but through this zone here not everybody is going to get a heavy downpour, but the potential is certainly there. They’re going to slowly ease as the night goes on.”

For overnight and into Saturday morning, the BBC weather host added: “But we will keep around this area of low pressure.

“Some outbreaks of rain, just pushing into parts of Northern Ireland, there towards the south and south east of Scotland, northern Scotland mainly dry as it has been throughout the day, nowhere getting a particularly cold night to come.

“But the winds pick up around this area of low pressure and it looks like a very blustery start to the weekend.”

BBC weather forecaster Tomasz Schafernaker also warned of “gale force winds” for this weekend.

He said: “It is going to be very blustery across southern parts of the UK, gale force winds expected around coasts and some really choppy seas and on top of that lots of showers to come as well.

“It’s all because of this low pressure which has been battering parts of France, actually some disruptive winds here, we’ve got the rain initially across southern parts of the UK and the all of that bad weather shifted a little further towards the north.”

Sunday will bring sunny spells but also showers, mostly affecting northern and western parts.

Monday and Tuesday will stay unsettled, with temperatures lower than average for the time of year.

Heavy widespread showers are also forecast for Monday afternoon, with persistent rain pushing south on Tuesday.

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