More heavy rain and gales on the way

As forecast, unsettled weather continues across the UK, with more heavy rain and strong winds expected to affect all areas over the next few days.

The Met Office, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency are warning the public to be prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as some areas see up to 60 mm on top of the rain that has fallen over the last few days.

Paul Gundersen, Met Office Deputy Chief Forecaster, said: “The current unsettled spell of weather is set to continue with further spells of heavy rain expected across the country over the next few days.

“There has been some torrential rain and squally winds on Thursday as a cold front moved across the UK, but another deep depression developing off Iberia will head towards us for the weekend. This is expected to bring more heavy rain and strong to gale force winds to many parts of the country. We urge everyone to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings and be prepared for what the weather will bring.”

There is some uncertainty about exactly what track the low pressure will take at the weekend and so where the strongest winds will be. Currently we are forecasting the potential for gusts of 60 -70 mph for southeastern coastal counties of England overnight Saturday and into Sunday with the potential for storm force winds over the English Channel.

The public can keep up to date with the latest forecasts and warnings for their area on our website and with forecasts on TV and radio during this unsettled spell. You can also be #weatheraware by following us on Twitter @metoffice

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