UK weather: Heavy rain batters Britain with fears power supplies could be affected as ice covers the north

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BRITS are braced for more wet and windy weather as heavy rain batters the nation and ice covers the north.

Yellow weather warnings have seen fears over power supplies grow as the Met Office confirmed there could be potential flooding in some areas.

Heavy rain caused flooding on roads in Berkshire last week

Icy conditions have been forecast in Scotland and the north

Heavy rain is expected in southern areas of the country

Yellow weather warnings for rain and ice have been issued today

The weather agency warned that those in Wales and Southern England will face a wet and windy commute today.

A yellow warning for rain covering parts of south-west England and Wales, including Plymouth and Cardiff, came into effect came into effect from 2am today until 3pm.

Additionally, parts of northern Scotland will see a yellow ice warning in place until 10am Wednesday. 

The Met Office warned: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

“Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely.”

Forecasters have warned of flooding on roads and longer journey times in areas of the UK.

While buses and trains are also likely to be affected by the wet and windy conditions.

Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said: “We have a yellow rain warning in force from 2am tomorrow until 3pm. And that covers across Dartmoor and into the southern parts of Wales as well.

“We’re looking at the potential of being 40-60 millimetres of rainfall in nine to 12 hours before the rain clears away in the afternoon.”

Drivers planning trips over the next few days have been urged to check for any updates to weather warnings as conditions are expected to remain “unsettled”, according to meteorologists.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “There may be some heavy rain, so some tricky driving conditions across England and Wales across higher ground.

“Transpennine routes could find there are some tricky driving conditions, for example.

“There will be some blustery showers on Thursday, so difficult if you get caught in a shower as it reduces visibility.”

Wednesday is set to be mild in England and Wales with highs of 12C, and possibly 7C in Scotland and Northern Ireland, before temperatures turn colder for most of the UK.

Mild conditions are expected for most of England and Wales on Friday and temperatures could hit 13C in the far south while Scotland and Northern Ireland may reach 8C.