Brits braced for flooding and travel chaos with heavy rain set to batter country

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A raft of flood warning and alerts have been issued for parts of the UK, with Brits braced for heavy rain.

Fourteen flood warnings and 68 alerts are in place, covering areas in Cornwall, Devon, and Cambridgeshire.

Large and powerful waves are also expected in Poole Harbour, Dorset, with “immediate action required”.

Flooding to roads and properties is possible, with the high water tide expected around 10am.

The Met Office has also issued two rain warnings for south Wales and much of Devon, in place until 4pm this afternoon, December 16.

Spray and flooding on roads is to be expected, potentially causing travel chaos.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin told the Mirror Online: "The winds are going to strengthen [on Wednesday] and could be really quite lively.

"Coupled with some big tides, it could bring some coastal issues with potential for coastal flooding in the far southwest of England and the east coast of Northern Ireland.

"There will be gusts of 50 to 60 mph and problems for high sided vehicles.

"Wet and windy weather swings its way into Scotland and Northern Ireland and right across Wales for much of Wednesday too.

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"Most of the east of England won't see that rain until Wednesday night.

"It's going to be blustery and gusty making it feel cooler than temperatures would suggest."

Despite the bleak forecast, Brits could be in for a white Christmas after bookies cut the odds to 1/4.

in its medium-range forecast, the Met Office said that "there remains a chance of snow temporarily to low levels" towards the end of December.

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A spokesman told the Sun: "It doesn't look like it will be widespread. But we can't rule out a few places seeing some flakes of snow around Christmas.

"The forecast is showing more settled, but colder conditions.

"If any showers come in off the back of those then there's a chance we could see some wintry showers.

"It's too early to say for sure for Christmas Day but at the moment there is a trend towards colder conditions."

Ladbrokes has offered odds of 1/4 for snow to fall in the UK on December 25.

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