UK weather: Met Office issues new yellow warnings just days after Storm Alex

UK weather: Met Office issues new yellow warnings just days after Storm Alex

 

The Met Office has issued new weather warnings for parts of the UK just days after Storm Alex.

A 12-hour yellow warning of rain covers Wales as well as north western parts of England.

The Met Office say heavy rain is expected in these areas which may cause flooding and travel disruption.

The warning comes into force at 9pm tonight, and lasts until 9am tomorrow (Thursday).

Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely the Met Office say, and buses and train services are likely to be affected with journey times taking longer.

Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer, the forecaster added.

It comes after Storm Alex caused a washout for many parts of Britain over the weekend.

But revellers defied torrential rain to line the streets outside bars and pubs with current coronavirus hotspots Newcastle, Bolton and Liverpool busy.

Streets in London, Leeds and Manchester were also well-populated after establishments closed at 10pm

The rain didn’t stop young revellers huddling, with many coming together under umbrellas and sheltering in bus stops to try and keep themselves dry.

Some held their jackets over their heads to try and avoid a soaking as relentless rain lashed the UK.

And the miserable weather looks set to continue as  Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said the rest of the week will be characterised by “more heavy showers…and always staying on the cool side”, adding overnight temperatures could drop as low as 6C.

Before tonight, Wednesday will also be largely “fine and dry”, added Mr Deakin, pointing to temperatures as high as 17C in the southeast.

Referring to the area of rain moving in tonight, he said: “It could be quite heavy in places and after such a wet spell over the weekend, we do need to watch this area of rain.

“This area of low pressure, because that’s what it is, moving in and sticking around for the first part of Thursday.

“Some uncertainty about how far north it gets and quickly it clears but it’s only replaced then by another area of low pressure – more weather fronts springing, plenty of showers through Friday and into Saturday.”

Dozens of flood alerts have also been issued across England and Wales amid the weather warning.

Early showers over northern, western and central UK gradually becoming confined to the far north of Scotland. Otherwise, sunny spells for most areas before cloud and spells of rain reach parts of Wales, Northern Ireland and southwest England this afternoon.

Early evening rain in the west and southwest spreading into many other parts for a time before becoming confined to parts of England and Wales later. Windy in the south.

Early rain over parts of England and Wales clearing eastwards. Sunny spells following, as well as some showers, these mainly in the north and heavy at times. Breezy.

Rain and showers, locally heavy with hail and thunder in the north-west, spreading south-east through Friday. Showers increasingly confined to coastal areas over the weekend. Rather cold, and often breezy.

We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates, pictures and video on this breaking news story.

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