Weather forecast TODAY – Brits brace for SECOND weather front to smash into UK after Storm Alex

THE UK is facing a total weekend washout as Brits brace for a second wild weather front to hit with more floods and travel chaos expected to last for days.

A powerful new weather system will move in from Scandinavia and last throughout October.

It comes as the Met Office has issued a weather warning over 65mph winds and two inches of rain.

Clare Nasir, Met Office Meteorologist, said: “Showers gather towards the west and track inland becoming more intense as we head through the morning into the afternoon across Wales, the Midlands, Central Southern England as well as the west country.

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  • Samantha Lock

    SATURDAY RAIN WARNING

  • Samantha Lock

    FLOOD WARNINGS IN PLACE

    Carol Holt, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said the weekend's widespread and persistent heavy rain is likely to lead to flooding for some areas.

    She urged 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,” she said.

    Marc Becker, Flood Duty Manager at Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) said:“SEPA has issued a number of Flood Alerts and people should prepare for the potential flooding of infrastructure and significant transport disruption.

    “We expect parts of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Angus to be the worst affected – and property flooding is possible in several areas.

    “Whilst the worst impacts are expected in the North East, a much wider area covering much of the East of Scotland could also experience flooding impacts due to the heavy rain over the weekend.”

  • Jon Rogers

    SATURDAY RAIN WARNINGS COVER MUCH OF UK

    Much of the UK is covered in rain warnings for Saturday with two amber warnings and three yellow warnings.

    Most of Wales, apart from the western coast line, is covered along with most of the south-west, excluding Cornwall with one amber warning.

    The other is in western parts of central Scotland, the Met Office has said.

    The south-east also has a yellow warning in place, as well as most parts of western and central England.

    Eastern parts of Scotland are also affected.

  • Samantha Lock

    HEAVY RAIN AHEAD

    It will be a very wet start to the weekend with heavy rain covering much of the country on Saturday morning.

  • Samantha Lock

    SATURDAY MORNING FORECAST

    Heavy rain is expected over Scotland, Wales and western parts of England.

    Some light rain is predicted for Northern Ireland at times.

    It will be drier and brighter across south east and central England later in the day.

  • Samantha Lock

  • Samantha Lock

    WET COLD SATURDAY AHEAD

    Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Laura Ellam, predicted a very wet and cold Saturday.

    “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,” Ms Ellam said.

    “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.”

  • Samantha Lock

    HEAVY RAIN OVER WEEKEND

    Heavy and persistent rain is expected across the country this weekend.

    A wind and rain warning has been put in place across large swathes of the UK.

    Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Storm Alex has clipped the southern edge of Britain today bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the country.

    “However, as the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later tonight, another low-pressure system will move towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain to many over the weekend as well as some strong winds.”

  • Samantha Lock

  • Samantha Lock

    WARNINGS IN PLACE FOR SOUTH-EAST

    Heavy and persistent rain will bring a risk of flooding and disruption to parts of the UK, with Met Office weather warnings covering large parts of the country.

    The Amber warning cautions for an increased likelihood of flooding to homes and businesses and the possibility of disruption to travel.

    Dangerous driving conditions are also expected with some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport likely.

  • Debbie White

    SECOND RAIN FRONT TO SMASH THE UK AFTER STORM ALEX

    Amber weather warnings for the heaviest rainfall likely to cause transport disruption are in place for parts of Wales, and parts of the West Midlands and south-west England until 6pm on Sunday.

    Gale-force winds brought by Storm Alex will subside by the end of Friday, but yellow weather warnings for rain will remain in place for most of the UK over the weekend.

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “A second rain front is coming to replace Storm Alex over the weekend, pushing in from the east on Saturday morning and affecting western areas later on.

    “The rain is slowly pushing north but it will be relieved as it goes.

    “On Saturday, most of the country will be affected by rain, and it's looking heaviest in the centre, down the spine of the country from Aberdeen to Bristol.”

  • Debbie White

    POWER OUTAGES

    Gale-force winds of up to 61mph are battering the South West of the country as Storm Alex moves in from France.

    The storm has pushed strong winds and lashing rain into southern England, causing travel chaos and disrupting power lines in the South West and on the Isle of Wight.

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks recorded unplanned power outages in more than 20 areas including Portsmouth, Southampton and towns east of Reading.

    Western Power Distribution has also recorded incidents in the South West, affecting Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

    National industry body for gas and electricity Energy Networks Association said the storm has not caused “significant disruption” but that it is monitoring the weather “very closely”.

  • Debbie White

    NINE BREAKDOWNS A MINUTE ON ROADS

    Breakdown cover provider Green Flag has forecast nine breakdowns per minute on UK roads between Friday and Monday.

    Mark Newberry, commercial director at Green Flag, said he expects the most callouts on Saturday, with a 10% increase in breakdowns compared to usual.

    “As a result of these weather conditions, we urge drivers to remain cautious and to carry out the relevant safety checks before leaving to make their journeys,” he said.

    RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: “Storm Alex will make road conditions miserable if not downright dangerous for drivers at the end of this week, and they'll need to be prepared for an ugly mix of surface spray, gusty winds and more than likely some disruption on the roads.

    “Floods are also a possibility so drivers should remember never to attempt to drive through water unless they know for sure that it's shallow enough.”

    Ben Sheridan, AA patrol of the year, advised drivers to ensure the lights and wipers work and the tyres are in good condition before heading out, allow extra time for journeys at a slower speed, and to find another route if they are faced with flood waters.

  • Debbie White

    WEATHER WARNINGS COVER LARGE PARTS OF THE UK

    Heavy and persistent rain mean a risk of flooding and disruption to parts of the UK this weekend, as Met Office weather warnings cover large parts of the country.

    Storm Alex, a low-pressure system named by Météo-France earlier this week, has brought wet and windy weather to southern parts of England and Wales today with a wind and rain warning in place for this.

    Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Storm Alex has clipped the southern edge of Britain today bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the country.

    “The highest gust of 71 mph was at Berry Head on the Devon coast, but winds are now easing for most.

    “Away from the south it is a more pleasant day, with light winds and bright spells for much of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    “However, as the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later tonight, another low-pressure system will move towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain to many over the weekend as well as some strong winds.”

  • Debbie White

    MONTH'S WORTH OF RAIN COULD FALL IN JUST 24 HOURS

    Nearly a month's worth of rain could fall by the end of tomorrow, warns Alex Beresford, a meteorologist for ITV Weather.

    He confirmed the forecast was “not great news for today and the weekend – weather-wise it's going to be very unsettled.

    “We have a named storm, Storm Alex, which was named by the French Met Office yesterday.

    “It's an area of low pressure which is going to pull in very strong winds, gusting up to 65mph on the coast, across the south which is why a wind warning is in place, not to mention some pretty steady rain as we head into the next 24 hours, which could amount to nearly a month's worth of rain falling by the end of tomorrow.”

    He recommended that Brits “be careful” because of the likely disruption.

  • Debbie White

    MAMMOTH WAVES HIT UK'S COAST

    Photographers have braved fierce winds and driving rain to bring snapshots of Storm Alex as it thumps our shores.

    The top pic shows waves hitting the harbour wall in Folkestone, Kent.

    The second photo is of seawater smashing over the seawall in Brixham, Torbay, Devon – otherwise known as the 'English Riviera'.

  • Debbie White

    RAIN CONTINUES ON SATURDAY

    Saturday will be a “very wet day as heavy bands of rain push north and west across the country, followed by showery rain on Sunday,” says the Met Office's deputy chief meteorologist, Nick Silkstone.

    He added: “It’ll be cold and windy too with a risk of coastal gales in some areas.”

    The Met Office has issued a rain warning covering large parts of the country over the weekend and “we’re urging people to keep a close eye on the weather forecast and warnings during this spell of disruptive weather,” Silkstone said.

    Parts of Wales, southwest England and eastern Scotland could see over 100mm of rain falling over the weekend.

    This is likely to lead to significant impacts from flooding, an increased risk of landslides, along with very difficult driving conditions.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    UK PREPARES FOR STORM ALEX

    Parts of the UK are preparing to be lashed by heavy rain and high winds as Storm Alex heralds the arrival of a stretch of bad weather over the weekend.

    Southern coastal areas of England could see gusts of up to 65mph and others could be at risk of flooding before the end of Sunday, as the French storm will be followed by another band of cold and blowy conditions.

    The autumnal spell will begin when the weather front named by Meteo-France arrives from the continent overnight into Friday.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    STORM ALEX UPDATE

    Widespread power cuts have hit areas west of London and along the south coast, where gale-force winds reached 61 miles per hour on Friday morning.

    Storm Alex, which is raging in France, has pushed strong winds and lashing rain into southern England, causing disruption to power lines in the South West and on the Isle of Wight.

    Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks recorded unplanned power outages in more than 20 areas including Portsmouth, Southampton and towns east of Reading.

    Western Power Distribution has also recorded incidents in the South West, affecting Devon, Cornwall, Dorset and Somerset.

    Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said the highest wind speeds of 61mph hit Berry Head in Devon and the Isle of Wight on Friday morning, making power lines “susceptible to damage”.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    FLOODY GOOD TIME

  • Debbie White

    FLOODING FEARS IN DORSET

    A tractor has been photographed putting in temporary flood defences in Swanage, Dorset.

    Parts of the UK are preparing to be lashed by heavy rain and high winds as Storm Alex heralds the arrival of a stretch of bad weather over the weekend.

  • Debbie White

    WEEKEND WASH-OUT

    Storm Alex will bring wet and windy weather to southern parts of the UK on Friday, followed by a very wet weekend for many, says the Met Office.

    Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist, says: “It’ll be quite a miserable end to the working week for southern and south-west England as Storm Alex brings heavy rain and strong winds tomorrow, with coastal gales of around 60-65mph for some.

    “Away from the south it’ll be a more pleasant day, with light winds and bright spells for much of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    “However, as the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later on Friday, another low-pressure system moves towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain and strong winds to many over the weekend.”

  • Debbie White

    PLUMBER LUCKY TO BE ALIVE

    Sevenoaks plumber Spencer King is pictured here standing by his damaged Ford Transit Custom van.

    He's lucky to be alive after it was hit by a falling tree as he drove along Kingston Hill in south west London in wet and windy conditions.

    The south is due to feel the effects of Storm Alex over the next few days with 90mph winds and heavy rain forecast.

  • Debbie White

    STORM ALEX BATTERS FRANCE

    Schools were closed and flood warnings were issued ahead of Storm Alex hitting France.

    Storm Alex is a weather system named by Météo-France earlier this week, and it's currently clipping the southern edge of Britain, says the UK's Met Office.

    Below, people look at the roof of a high school which collapsed after Storm Alex struck the coast of French Brittany, on October 2, in Vannes, western France.

  • Debbie White

    FRIDAY AFTERNOON WEATHER – HEAVY RAIN

    Heading in to this afternoon, the Midlands and Wales “will see the arrival of heavy rain, while southwest of England and the Channel isles will stay pretty wet through the day,” says BBC Weather.

    The broadcaster adds that there will be a “bit of brightness working south later on in the afternoon but it will stay windy in the south”.

    However, it's a different situation in “the northern half of the UK – quite a cold start and a bit of fog round for parts of Northern Ireland, northern England, and Scotland first thing”.

    These areas will see “plenty of dry weather with sunshine through the day, with a few showers for Northern Ireland, and for western Scotland.

    “It's quite windy and showery for the northern isles too, but elsewhere there's a bit of sunshine in the north, while the wet and windy weather is holding on in the south.”

    Temperature are about 12-15C today, so it's “feeling cold where you’re exposed to the brisk wind and the rain as well,” the BBC adds.

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