UK weather: Yellow warnings extended with fierce winds & heavy rain to lash Britain TODAY bringing travel chaos & floods


BRITS are braced for more travel chaos and flooding with fierce winds and heavy rain set to lash the UK today.

There will be no let up after wet and windy conditions battered the nation recently as yellow weather warnings were extended by the Met Office.

Motorists braved driving through flood water in Reading yesterday after heavy rainfall

Brits faced flooded roads earlier this week

Brits battled windy conditions in London earlier this week

Yellow weather warnings were extended by the Met Office

The weather service extended yellow weather warnings for some areas of Wales, southern and western England, Northern Ireland and southern Scotland.

Blustery winds and downpours could batter parts of Cardiff, Exeter, Portsmouth, Bath and Brighton from around 10am to 7pm.

The Met Office added that bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer.

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are also likely.

Finally, some short-term loss of power and other services is possible, and there is a chance tree branches could come down too.

The Met Office predicts there could be 1mm to 22mm of rain with 40 to 50mph gusts inland, which could rise to 60 to 70mph on exposed coasts.

The weather service warned: “A brief spell of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds perhaps causing some transport disruption and flooding.

“A narrow band of rain, heavy at times and perhaps briefly intense, will move eastwards late on Thursday morning and into the afternoon, clearing Kent during the evening.

“Ten to 15mm is likely to fall in a one-to-two-hour period, with around 20mm in a few places.”

It continued: “With saturated ground, this is likely to lead to a fair amount of surface water on roads and flooding in one or two places.

“Strong winds will be an additional hazard with gusts of 40 to 50 mph inland and perhaps briefly 60 to 70mph along some exposed coasts, especially in Cornwall, Pembrokeshire, Gwynedd and Anglesey.”

Strong winds could also hit parts of Northern Ireland, including Belfast, Newry, Londonderry and Omagh from 8am to 2pm on Thursday.

The Met Office has forecasted the showers to ease on Friday but with strong winds and rain moving in from the west through Saturday that will gradually clear from the northwest during Sunday.

However, there is some good news with conditions expected to become mild this weekend.