Storm Barbara to unleash monster gales and downpours as severe warnings issued

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Britain will be battered by Storm Barbara on Wednesday with monster gales and downpours sweeping across the nation.

Two yellow severe weather warnings are in place, sparking flooding fears in parts of the North for homes and businesses.

Up to two inches of rain is forecast to fall in around three hours which is set to cause chaos on the roads for drivers.

And south-east and central England is set to bear the brunt of the heavy downpours from Storm Barbara.

Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “As we look ahead to the rest of the week, we are expecting rain or showers for many areas on Wednesday, possibly heavy and blustery in the southeast.

“It will be quieter on Thursday but more unsettled from Friday, with spells of wet and windy weather moving in from the west.”

Storm Barbara battered Spain and Portugal on Tuesday, whipping up winds of up to 70mph.

The deluge is expected to move north during the early hours of the morning before sweeping towards southern England.

The weather warning is in place until 2pm on Wednesday with 30- 50mm of rain forecast.

Channel 4 weatherman Liam Dutton said there is a “risk of localised flooding”.

He added: “It’ll also be windy towards English Channel coasts – especially in Kent and Sussex – with gusts of 40-55mph.”

It comes after Britain enjoyed one of its mildest October days on Tuesday with temperatures of 18 degrees in London and 16 in Manchester.

Meanwhile, bookies have offered odds of 1-5 that this month will be the wettest October since records began.

Coral spokesman Harry Aitkenhead said: “With the wettest day in history having already come this month, this latest blitz of heavy rain looks set to condemn October 2020 into the record books as the wettest ever.”

It comes after forecasters reported likely snow storms later in the month in northern regions.

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