Yellow warning and 60 flood alerts in place as heavy rain batters UK

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The UK is set to experience another rainy day on Sunday, with a yellow warning and more than 60 flood alerts in place.

Brits have been warned that “fast-flowing” floods from Storm Alex’s 900 mile-wide ‘weather bomb’ could cut off towns and threaten lives, so extra care is needed.

The Met Office warned of ‘up to seven inches’ rain in the South West, four inches in the South East and two inches in the North.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “Conditions are awful. Low pressure areas are feeding from Storm Alex.

“There’s little change into the week ahead with spells of wet and windy weather and a cool airstream.”

Yellow rain warnings covering large parts of the country are in place over the weekend, with amber rain warnings in place in eastern Scotland, much of Wales and parts of west England.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of Weathertrending said: “Storm Alex has ushered in very wet spell, with a soggy outlook as areas of low pressure bring a lot more rain and wind over the next week. There will be impacts.”

The Environment Agency warned of floods across England until Monday with 450 flood alerts in place and three flood warnings in the South West.

Yesterday Carol Holt, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: “Widespread and persistent heavy rain is likely to lead to flooding for some areas over the weekend. Flooding is also possible in parts of southern England today.

“Environment Agency teams have been working hard to clear grills and weed screens in areas which may be affected.

“We urge 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. “

The forecast doesn’t look any better next week as Britain is in a “washing machine” of low pressure swirling around the country, with the Met Office forecasting more heavy rain bursts from Monday and gales ahead, worst in the West.

A Met Office forecaster said: “Heavy showers are forecast from Monday, with all parts seeing more rain, likely heaviest in the South and West.

“It will often be windy, with a risk of gales, particularly in the West and South-West.”

From Thursday it is expected to be windy along the west and south-western coasts with further rain and strong winds likely.

UK 5 day weather forecast

Today:
Rain gradually easing for many today though remaining wet over Northern Ireland and southern England. Becoming brighter for northern England and much of Scotland though with some showers. Cold in the south.

Tonight:
Showers for eastern Scotland and northern England with some rain for the west of Northern Ireland, the southwest of England and south Wales. Otherwise mostly dry.

Monday:
A showery day for most with some sunshine. Cloudier for Northern Ireland, south Wales and the southwest of England, perhaps with some more persistent rain here. Milder than Sunday.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:
Sunshine and scattered showers on Tuesday and Wednesday, most frequent in the north and west. A spell of more organised rain with strong winds is likely on Thursday. Rather cold.