UK to be battered by nasty storm in hours with downpours and floods

UK weather: Further wet conditions forecast by Met Office

The UK is bracing to be battered by a “huge” storm in a matter of hours that will see large parts of the country downed in massive downpours, along with flooding and brutal 60mph winds. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain in the South West and south coast in England, with Devon and Cornwall to be soaked in up to 25mm of rain, with flooding also likely. There is also a yellow warning for wind in place, with the Met Office forecasting powerful gusts of up to 60mph in several coastal areas.

The latest UK weather maps from WXCHARTS show a huge band of rain sweeping eastwards over the Atlantic and smashing into the South West in England this evening.

This massive weather front quickly expands over the following hours and into Friday to cover the southern half of the UK, with millions of Britons set to wake tomorrow to a very wet and windy morning.

Downpours will continue throughout the course of the day, with bands of rain spreading towards northern England and into Scotland around mid-afternoon.

The latest UK weather maps also show winds gathering in strength later tonight – particularly around coastal areas and in the English Channel – as the storm barrelling across the Atlantic crashes into the South West.

Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook told a deep area of low pressure will push in from the Atlantic tonight, with the stormiest conditions hitting south London and the South West, with forecasted winds of over 60mph.

He added “also it looks very for a time in the English Channel”, while there will be heavy showers that could turn thundery with longer spells of rain “swirling around the low pressure”.

Mr Gaze said: “A deep area of low pressure pushes in from the Atlantic tonight, with its centre forecast to take a track across Wales and Midlands.

“The strongest winds will be on its southern flank, so the stormiest conditions are expected to be to the south of London and in the south west, where gusts of over 60mph are possible in exposed locations. It also looks very nasty for a time in the English Channel.

“There will be heavy showers which could be thundery, and longer spells of rain swirling around the low pressure, so much of the southern half of the UK can expect another soaking tonight and tomorrow to round off what has already been a very wet March.”

The weather forecaster said there should be some respite from the heavy rain heading into the weekend, but warned of this being replaced by cold air that could send temperatures plunging.

He continued: “As we head into the weekend showers become more scattered as the low pressure moves away into the continent.

“However, colder air from the northeast will be feeding in, so April will start disappointingly chilly, particularly in the north and east of Britain.”

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AccuWeather Meteorologist Alyssa Smithmyer warned a storm will track from the west into southern Britain tonight, with the heaviest downpours hitting Wales and southern England, while the threat of thunderstorms remains,

Some areas of the country could be drenched in as much as 50mm (two inches) of rain over the coming hours, while also warning of 60mph winds and coastal flooding.

Ms Smithmyer told “Later tonight into tomorrow, a storm will track into southern Ireland and the southern UK from the west and bring outbreaks of rain and gusty winds.

“The steadiest rainfall will expand across Wales and southern England Thursday night and during the daytime on Friday and can lead to travel disruptions and ponding on roadways. T

“The best chances for instability and thunderstorms will remain to the south of the UK, but a few rumbles of thunder will still be possible across the southern coast of England Thursday evening.”

She continued: “From Thursday evening through Friday night, rainfall amounts across southern England and parts of Wales can range between 0.75-1.75 inches (20-45mm), with locally higher amounts around two inches (50mm) possible along the western slopes of the higher terrain areas in Wales and southwest England.

“Winds are expected to pick up across far southwest England by Thursday evening and peak across the English Channel late Thursday night into early Friday morning.

“Along the southern coasts of England, strong winds may reach 35-45mph, with gusts up to 50-60mph at times.

“Tree damage and power outages will be possible as this front tracks across the region. Coastal flooding can also occur at exposed coastal locations.”

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