UK weather forecast: Weekend washout as Storm Alex brings heavy rain and risk off flooding

UK weather forecast: Weekend washout as Storm Alex brings heavy rain and risk off flooding

 

Heavy rain is forecast in most parts of the UK this weekend as Storm Alex hits the country.

Amber and yellow warnings are in place as wind and rain pose a risk of flooding in parts of England.

Temperatures are expected to stay in the low teens over the weekend, according to forecasters.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “It’s going to be a very wet weekend, with some places wet enough for an amber warning to be in force.”

The forecaster, however, said that not everywhere will be wet all the time.

Parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland will see clear spells overnight and in the early morning, he said.

McGivern added western Scotland and Northern Ireland will experience a chilly start to Saturday.

Southern parts of the country will continue experiencing rainy conditions, with western parts of England hit by heavy rain.

The forecaster said the weather will start to brighten up across parts of East Anglia and the South East by Saturday afternoon.

Later on Saturday, parts of eastern Scotland, Northern Ireland, eastern England and Wales will see the worst of rain, McGivern said.

He added the worst of the weather should be going away by Sunday.

The weather will remain windy, but brighter than Saturday, with periods of sunshine, but also heavy showers during the afternoon.

Highs will be around 11C to 14C on Sunday, according to MeteoGroup UK.

Alex, a low-pressure system named by French forecasters, has been hammering southern parts of England and Wales on Friday with gale-force winds, torrential rain and huge waves.

It caused travel chaos and power cuts in the South West and on the Isle of Wight.

The Met Office said some homes and businesses are “likely” to be flooded with fast-flowing floodwater creating “a danger to life”.

It warned: “An area of rain is expected to move into Scotland from the east on Saturday morning and persist though to Sunday before clearing westwards.

“This is likely to bring widely 40-70mm of rain to this area with over 120mm possible over the high ground.”

It added: “A band of rain will become slow moving and heavy across Wales, the West Midlands and into South West England.

“This is likely to bring flooding and some disruption to travel.

“Many places will see 25-50mm of rainfall, with totals of 70-90mm expected over higher ground of Wales and South West England as well as the potential for over 120mm in some of the most exposed high ground of Snowdonia and Exmoor.”

UK 5 day weather forecast

Rain, often heavy, will move west across much of England, Wales and Scotland, followed by sunny spells and a few showers in the southeast of England. Any rain in Northern Ireland in the morning dying out. Windy in the southwest.

Heavy rain leading to flooding in Eastern Scotland, and also parts of Wales and western England. The rain spreading to Northern Ireland, where it will become very windy.

Further rain or showers for many areas, but some drier and brighter spells developing across Scotland. Windy with gales across western and southern areas.

Fairly cloudy and cool with further showers affecting many areas. Showers becoming more focussed across northwestern areas by midweek, with it likely to become drier and brighter towards the southeast.

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