Weather forecast TODAY – Total weekend WASHOUT with Britain set for floods and miserable weather lasting days

THE UK is facing a total weekend washout with floods and travel chaos lasting 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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  • Debbie White

    FLOODING POSSIBLE

    The BBC warned that the weather is going to be disruptive over the next few days.

    Storm Alex is on its way towards the south, “so that is bringing some strong winds across parts of southern England, Wales today, and spells of heavy rain around too,” the broadcaster added.

    Over the next few days “we could see disruption to travel and transport, flooding is possible, and we have those strong winds – there could be small trees down, power cuts possible as well”.

  • Debbie White

    STORM ALEX GETTING CLOSER

    After bringing damaging winds to northwest France last night, Storm Alex is now centred close to the Channel Island of Alderney, warns the Met Office.

    The service tweeted this morning: “Strong to gale force winds are affecting southern parts of the UK with bands of heavy rain spiralling around Alex.”

    Here's the scene at the moment:

  • Abe Hawken

    MORE RAIN TONIGHT

    The Met Office siad the heavy rain will continue through the night.

    It said: “Further rain, some heavy moving west across much of England and Wales and eastern Scotland.

    “Drier in central Scotland and Northern Ireland. Windy in central and southern UK.”

  • Abe Hawken

    'HEAVY RAIN'

    The Met Office today large parts of the south will be hit with “heavy rain” today.

    It said: “Rain, heavy at times in the south, moving into Wales and the Midlands, followed by sunny intervals and showers, but remaining windy with gales in the south-west.

    “Rain over far north of Scotland clearing, then dry with sunny spells.”

  • Hana Carter

    TODAY'S FORECAST

    Storm Alex is set to bring wet and windy weather in the south today.

    It will be a cold start further in the north and sunshine for many but rain and cloud is expected in north Scotland.

  • Hana Carter

    WEEKEND FLOODS

    The heavy rain is expected to bring some flooding and transport disruption.

    Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

    Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

    There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: SUNSET IN BLYTH, NORTHUMBERLAND

  • Hana Carter

    WHY IS AUTUMN WET AND WINDY?

    BBC weather explains why this time of year is particularly wet and windy.

    “During autumn the Earth's northern hemisphere begins to tilt away from the sun and as a result big temperature contrasts develop from north to south over the half of the earth we live in.

    “These contrasts strengthen the jet stream which runs along the boundary between the cold air to the north and the warmer air to the south.

    “This leads to deeper areas of low pressure which bring stronger winds and heavier rain.”

  • Alahna Kindred

    WET WET WET

    There will be overcast across England and Wales with rain across Wales and southern and central England slowly spreading northwards and locally heavy and persistent.

    Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England will be largely dry but there will be a chance of showers. And outbreaks of rain for northern Scotland.

    By tomorrow night outbreaks of rain will continue across southern and central England and Wales before continuing unsettled overnight and rain will spread northwards into northern England and southern Scotland by dawn.

    Elsewhere will be largely dry with clear spells but cloud and misty patches will build.

  • Hana Carter

    FRIDAY MORNING HEAVY RAIN

    Storm Alex is set to bring heavy rain and strong winds across the south during Friday morning's rush hour.

    A yellow warning is in force, and motorists have been warned to stay safe on the roads.

  • Hana Carter

    HARVEST MOON TONIGHT

    Tonight a harvest moon will grace our skies tonight.

    This is the term given to the Full Moon that appears closest to the autumn equinox, the point after which daylight hours start to reduce for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

    The exact time for the appearance of the full Harvest Moon is on October 1 at 21:05 Universal Time.

    Weather permitting you should be able to see it in all its bright glory but try to avoid light polluted areas.

    Nasa explained: “The next full Moon will be on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2020, appearing “opposite” the Sun (in Earth-based longitude) at 5:05 p.m. EDT.

    “The Moon will appear full for about three days around this time, from Wednesday morning through Saturday morning.”

  • Hana Carter

    PICTURED: RUTTING SEASON IN WINDSOR GREAT PARK TODAY

  • Hana Carter

    UNSETTLED OVERNIGHT WITH RAIN

    Outbreaks of rain will continue across southern and central England and Wales this evening before continuing unsettled overnight and rain will spread northwards into northern England and southern Scotland by dawn.

    Elsewhere will be largely dry with clear spells but cloud and misty patches will build

  • Hana Carter

    NHS COMMITS TO CUTTING GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS BY 2040

    The NHS has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040, as it issued a stark warning over the health threat of climate change.

    The health service in England, which is responsible for 4% of the country's climate pollution, said it would cut emissions under its direct control to zero by 2040, and those which include its wider supply chain to zero overall by 2045.

    It has set out a multiyear plan to meet the target, with measures including new ways of delivering care at or closer to home to cut patient journeys to hospitals, and greening the fleet, with work towards road-testing the first zero emissions emergency ambulances by 2022.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    THIS WEEKEND'S WEATHER MAP

    Take a look at what's in store this weekend as Storm Alex brings weather warnings after weather warnings.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    HERE'S THE MET OFFICE'S LATEST WEATHER UPDATE

    The Met Office said: “A rapidly deepening area of low pressure will form later today with France naming this as Storm Alex.

    “Heavy rain and gales are expected in southern Britain overnight and on Friday with another area of low pressure giving heavy rain and possible flooding this weekend.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    PUNTING IN AUTUMN

    People out punting on the river Cam in Cambridge in a shower on what for the most part was a dry day.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    BRIGHT AUTUMN DAY IN CHESTER

    People have been seen enjoying the rare autumn sunshine in Chester this afternoon.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    MORE FLOOD ALERTS FOR THE WEEKEND

    The heavy rain is expected to bring some flooding and transport disruption.

    Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

    Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

    There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    125MM OF RAIN OVER THE WEEKEND

    High ground in Scotland could see a whopping 125mm of rainfall on Saturday as the majority of the country is put under a yellow weather warning.

    The Met Office added: “The unusual wind direction associated with the rainfall will mean that the peak rainfall totals are likely to occur in some areas that are usually well sheltered and direr during unsettled spells of weather.

    “During Sunday the rain will turn more showery in nature and become significantly less widespread.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    RAIN WARNINGS FOR THE MAJORITY OF BRITAIN

    There are two weather warnings in place for nearly the whole of Britain over the weekend.

    The Met Office said: “Rain is expected to remain heavy and persistent throughout Saturday and into mid-Sunday across eastern Scotland, the far northeast of England, much of Wales, and southwest England.

    “This is likely to bring flooding and some disruption to travel.

    “Many places will see 25-50 mm of rainfall, with totals of 100-125 mm expected over the high ground of eastern Scotland, and perhaps parts of Wales and southwest England.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    BREAKING: TWO NEW WEATHER WARNINGS FOR THE WEEKEND

    The Met Office has put TWO new yellow weather warnings in place for Saturday and Sunday.

    Heavy rain will push north and west across the UK, with the majority of England, the whole of Wales, and central and eastern parts of Scotland under the two-day warning.

    This means there is a total of three warnings in place this week.

  • Claudia Aoraha

    WEATHER FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON

    The Met Office said: “After yesterday's rain, the sunshine has returned for many of us today.

    “However, it's still worth taking an umbrella with you this afternoon as there will be a scattering of showers, and these are mostly in the west where some will be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder.”

  • Claudia Aoraha

    LAST NIGHT'S HARVEST MOON

    Here is a stunning shot of last night's harvest moon behind Darwen Tower in Lancashire.

  • Christy Cooney

    'VERY UNSETTLED' IN COMING DAYS

    Conditions across the UK will be “very unsettled” over the coming days, the Met Office has said.

    The latest forecast said that rain today would affect north and eastern Scotland as well as the southwest of England, where hail and thunder were also possible.

    Rain and coastal gales will also continue tomorrow and into the weekend.

    Conditions for Saturday and Sunday are expected to be “very unsettled with often heavy rain on Saturday, and feeling rather cold”.

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