Storm Alex to bring more heavy rain, hail and thunder in week-long washout

Brits are to be hit with more heavy rain with the addition of hail and thunder in a week-long washout.

A storm could also be named in the next few days after days of downpours, reports Mirror Online.

Flood alerts and warnings are in place across England, Wales and Scotland today, after a weekend of heavy rain as Storm Alex hit.

The Met Office issued amber and yellow warnings in parts of England due to the threat of flooding caused by strong wind and rain.

It comes as the weekend saw parts of the UK hit with October's full quota of rainfall in just three days, with some areas seeing over 100mm.

The miserable weather was due to spiralling clouds getting caught up in low pressure which saw downpours last for hours at a time.

And that low pressure is set to remain hanging over Britain for at least the next couple of days as it slowly migrates northwards – before being replaced with what could become an official storm.

BBC forecaster Helen Willetts said the cloud bands will become "more fragmented and the rain more showery in nature" today, but warned: "It's certainly not dry."

Storm Alex had come rampaging across the Channel from France at the end of last week, bringing torrential rain and winds up to 65mph.

And while he is now "well and truly over the continent", by Thursday Britain could be faced with a "completely different low-pressure system", according to Met Office forecaster Alex Burkill.

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"If it develops it could be named as a storm in the future," he added.

The meteorologist said even the southeast will be in the "firing line" for the wet and windy conditions this week, though exposed areas "will see the worst of it".

Monday is set for some spells of sunshine in between the ongoing showers with highs of 16C, while tomorrow will be breezier in the south.

"We'll see those showers whisking through for England, Wales and Northern Ireland," said Ms Willetts.

"They could be heavy, with some hail and some thunder thrown in. More persistent rain still spiralling that low across northern and western Scotland."

The Met Office said in the 42 hours running up to 6pm on Saturday, there had been 116mm of rain at Blackpitts Gate in Somerset, and 101mm at Princes Marsh in Hampshire.

A family of four had to be rescued by firefighters from a road in Billericay, Essex, on Saturday morning after their car became trapped in floodwater.

Police forces across the country issued warnings to drivers after a number of crashes on waterlogged roads.

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