Weekend washout expected

Weekend washout expected

Weekend washout expected

It looks like being a weekend washout as Storm Alex is bringing heavy rain and a risk of flooding in some areas.

Amber and yellow weather warnings are in place after gale-force winds hit parts of southern England and Wales on Friday.

Not everywhere will be wet all the time however and temperatures are expected to stay in the low teens throughout the weekend, according to forecasters.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said: “It’s going to be a very wet weekend, with some places wet enough for an amber warning to be in force.”

The worst of the weather should be going away by Sunday.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Laura Ellam, said:“Saturday will be a very wet and cold day for many as heavy bands of rain push north and west across the country, becoming slow moving for some parts.

“We have issued several Yellow rain warnings covering large parts of the country over the weekend, with Amber rain warnings in place in eastern Scotland, much of Wales and parts of west England.

“Conditions will improve for many on Sunday though it is still likely to remain wet and windy for some.”

Laura continued: “At this time of year, trees are in full leaf and drains can become blocked from tree debris – with many places seeing 25-50mm of rain and around 70-90mm over high ground, there is a heightened risk of flooding and very difficult driving conditions this weekend.

“In areas with Amber warnings, such as Snowdonia, Exmoor and eastern Scotland, over 100mm of rain could fall over the weekend – this is likely to lead to significant impacts from flooding.”

Carol Holt, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Widespread and persistent heavy rain is likely to lead to flooding for some areas over the weekend. Flooding is also possible in parts of southern England today.

“Environment Agency teams have been working hard to clear grills and weed screens in areas which may be affected.

“We urge people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive though flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.”

Photo: Met Office

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