UK weather: Exact date floods to hit with urgent warnings as Brits brace for torrential rain and travel chaos

19 (01202 558833) Pic: Graham Hunt/BNPS Date: 4th January 2023. The road to Langport from Muchelney on the Somerset Levels is closed due to flooding with water levels continuing to rise after the rivers Yeo and Parett burst their banks after persistent heavy rain over the last few weeks. The road is submerged in water with only the signs visible.

FLOODS are set to hit the UK, with forecasters warning Brits should brace for torrential rain and travel chaos.

More than 100 flood alerts and warnings are in place over the weekend ahead – and could remain in place for some time.

The road to Langport from Muchelney on the Somerset Levels is closed due to flooding

Vehicles going through the flooded A1101 in Welney on the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border on Wednesday morning

The UK is set to be hit by more wild and wet weather

View from the air of flooded fields on the Somerset Levels

Forecasters say flooding is possible across parts of the South of England from groundwater for the next five days.

Flooding is also possible from rivers and surface water across parts of South West England on Saturday.

The Met office are warning that land, roads and some properties may flood causing travel disruption.

Forecaster Tom Morgan told the Guardian: “It’s pretty unsettled, wet and windy at times so there are a number of rain warnings in place in the next 24 hours, affecting two areas of Wales and Scotland.

“Higher ground will be more affected: Snowdonia, the Brecon Beacons and the Highlands of Scotland.”

He added: “The west of the UK will bear the brunt of the conditions. We can expect some flooding as the ground is quite saturated already after a wet period in the last couple of weeks, so rain will run off the ground quite quickly.

“There will be some brighter and drier spells on the way. Friday will be the best day of the week with slightly nicer weather.”

Meanwhile the Met Office has said there could be snow this month – but it’ll be restricted to high ground in the north of the United Kingdom, most likely in the Scottish Highlands.

Meteorologists said: “A westerly regime is most likely for the UK in the first part of January, which means wet and windy conditions for many.

“Rain or showers will often be heaviest and most frequent in the west and northwest but areas further south and east are by no means immune.

“Temperatures are expected to be near or above average overall, with any sleet or snow most likely restricted to high ground in the north.”