Homes put on flood alert as heavy rain blasts UK sparking a yellow weather warning with fears of travel chaos

© Licensed to London News Pictures. 20/10/2022. Aylesford, UK. Flooding on the A20 in Aylesford, Kent is slowing traffic. Wet weather across Kent and the South East today has caused some localised flooding to roads. Photo credit:Grant Falvey/LNP

BRITS have been issued multiple flood alerts as torrential rain is likely to cause chaos and travel disruption today.

Heavy rain and storms are expected to flood some homes and businesses amid 11 issued flood alerts and Met Office yellow weather warnings.

Flood alerts have been issued across the UK as heavy rain is set to cause travel chaos and disruption

Yellow weather warnings that cover parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland have been issued by the Met Office

Rain and strong gusty winds for many western areas this morning

The Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings covering parts of western Scotland and Northern Ireland this morning.

It is expected up to 40 mm of rain could fall in just two hours in western Scotland as a band of heavy rain moves eastwards throughout the day accompanied by strong gales.

In Northern Ireland rain is due to move across the northern regions where 40 mm of rain is also expected to fall across a few hours.

Flood alerts have been issued in Dorset, the North Sea coast at Withernsea, Easington and Kilnsea, as well as the South Cornwall Coast from Lands End to Lizard Point and extends to Gribbin Head.

The South Devon and Essex coasts will also be battered by storms.

Tidal Thames riverside from Putney Bridge to Teddington Weir, West Bay Harbour and the Wye Estuary in Gloucestershire have also been issued flood alerts.

The Met Office warns bus and train services are likely to be affected with journey times taking longer.

Travelling by car may also take longer as heavy rain will result in flooding and spray on the roads.

It has been advised to stay indoors as much as possible, and if you do go out to keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences – if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.

Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible and do not drive unless really necessary.

For northeast Scotland and southeast England the forecast is mostly dry.

This comes after Britain reached unseasonal temperature highs of 21c yesterday afternoon.

Forecasters predicted an ‘Indian Summer‘ – where a period of unusual warmth lasts late into the year following a brief cold snap.

And, despite the heavy rain predicted, temperatures are set to stay mild throughout with estimates in the high teens and low 20s into next week.

At the beginning of the week Stephen Dixon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: “Above average temperatures will continue through the week, although there will be a continued unsettled theme with periods of showers and high winds at times.

“Looking at temperatures in isolation, they will continue to rise through the week and into the weekend, possibly reaching above 20C in the southeast on Saturday and Sunday.

“Temperatures of this nature aren’t unheard of in October, but they’re certainly unusual, especially later in the month.”