UK weather: Wet weekend ahead as rain set to batter Britain and yellow warnings issued

UK weather: Wet weekend ahead as rain set to batter Britain and yellow warnings issued

 

The Met Office has issued rain and wind warnings for different parts of the country this weekend.

An amber warning for rain in Wales has been issued as “heavy and persistent” rainfall is expected to cause flooding and disruption to transport and utilities.

There are also six yellow warnings are currently in place, including five for rain in the south of Scotland, the north west and south west of England, the Midlands and south Wales. They are all in place until 11pm tonight.

A yellow warning for wind is in place for in the north of Scotland till 3am tomorrow.

Steve Willington, Chief Forecaster with the Met Office, warned on Friday that south Wales may see rainfall of up to 200mm during the warning period.

The Met warned those issued with the amber warning in Wales to expect delays and cancellations to public transport as well as “a good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads”.

Till the warning is in place till 4pm this afternoon, there could be flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and road closures.

While power cuts and loss of other home and business services are “likely”.

Those in areas with a yellow warning should expect longer journey times due to flooding as well as a disruption to public transport services.

They may also see some flooding of homes and businesses.

Speaking on Friday about the forecast for the weekend, Mr Willington said: “Mild air – from much further south in the Atlantic – is being directed towards the UK.

“Although this will keep temperatures much higher than average, the main focus should be on the heavy and prolonged rainfall.

“There are a number of Yellow national severe weather warnings for rain currently in force and with the prolonged rainfall we have a pattern of Yellow warnings in operation until Sunday.

“Of most concern is rainfall in South Wales and here an Amber warning for rain for part of the region is in force until 6pm on Saturday.

“In parts of the warning area we could see some locations receiving around 200mm of rain during the warning period.

“This is a considerable amount of rain in a short period, so people need to be aware of the risk of localised flooding, especially surface-water impacts.

“Additionally strong to gale force winds will be an additional hazard.”

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