UK weather forecast: Yellow warnings issued as Britain braces for more heavy rain and strong winds

Joe Gamp
Contributor, Yahoo News UK
Parts of England will be hit by "unseasonably bad" weather this weekend (AP)

Britain is braced for more “unseasonably bad” weather this weekend as heavy rain and winds will batter large parts of England and Wales.

Following the extreme temperatures felt in mid July, the UK is set to bear the brunt of more wintry conditions - bringing with it a risk of flooding and damage to buildings.

The heat was quickly followed by a period of heavy rainfall and flash flooding that caused chaos for thousands around the country.

After a period of hot sunny weather, much of Britain suffered under rain clouds and a cold front (PA)

A low pressure system will descend on the UK from Friday afternoon and is expected to last most of Saturday.

As such, the Met Office has issued yellow rain warnings for most of the UK – except the far north-west and south east of Britain - which come into force from midnight on Friday.

The majority of the country will see wet and miserable conditions return this weekend (AP)

The agency warns the worst affected areas, including parts of Northern Scotland, could see 40-60mm of rain during the warning period.

Other parts of the country can expect to see 10-15mm of rainfall.

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The first yellow warning covers West Wales, Devon & Cornwall and the Channel coast, as far east as Worthing, East Sussex.

And on Saturday, a second warning will cover the whole of Wales and central and southern England, including Blackpool, Huddersfield and Grimsby.

A low pressure system will bring bad weather to the majority of the UK this weekend (MET OFFICE)

Neil Armstrong, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office said: “This low-pressure system will bring challenging conditions, including unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain, from the west during Friday and Saturday.

“Summer storms - compared with those in autumn and winter - always have the potential to create additional impacts because more people are likely to be outdoors, especially by the coast.

A car is seen stranded in flood water after heavy rain in Manchester, England on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (PA)

“Additionally with trees in full leaf they are more vulnerable to being brought down by strong winds.”

The weather warnings also pose a danger to motorists, with drivers in affected areas warned to avoid travelling by road.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve.

“If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time.

Emergency services worked frantically to prevent the rain-damaged dam near Whaley Bridge from collapsing (AP)

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

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