UK weather LIVE: Severe rain to lash Britain as 102 flood warnings issued – latest updates

Heavy downpours and strong wills are forecast to continue today, with the risk of flooding, Met Office yellow weather warnings and cooler temperatures dominating the forecast. This looks to set the pattern for the rest of the coming week, with “messy, unsettled” weather to welcome the middle of November.

Key Points

  • Sunday has started with heavy rain throughout the UK
  • There are currently 72 flood alerts and 30 flood warnings out throughout England alone, meaning flooding is expected as the rain continues
  • A Met Office weather warning is now in place for Sunday for the south coast of England

A Met Office forecast for today reads: “Blustery showers and rain moving northeast across the country, some persistent rain for Northern Ireland and southeast England.

“Best shelter in east England after early rain. Winds easing across Scotland but staying windy elsewhere, particularly the south with coastal gales.”

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8.03am update: Severe 70mph gales expected to hit the UK today

Netweather forecasters warn of “heavy squally winds” and “severe gales possible in exposed places” today.

A Met Office forecaster said: “It’s going to be a wet and windy end to the weekend, with more rain to come on Sunday.

“Perhaps there will be a few brighter spells but also some thundery showers.”

BBC Weather forecaster Sarah Keith-Lucas said of today’s wind: “Inland it’s going to be about 50mph but along that south coast gusts could reach 70mph or more.”

7.27am update: Yellow weather warning in place in England

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain today, with downpours forecast to hit London and the South East of England.

The warning began at 5am today and lasts until 10am the same day.

Forecasters warn of: “A spell of heavy rain is expected on Sunday morning and may result in some flooding of roads and a few properties.”

“This will bring rainfall totals of 0.4 to 0.8 inches (10 to 20mm) quite widely with some locations seeing as much as 1.18 to 1.37 inches (30 to 35mm).”

The areas affected in London & South East England are:

  • Bracknell Forest
  • Brighton and Hove
  • East Sussex
  • Greater London
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Medway
  • Portsmouth
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex
  • Windsor and Maidenhead

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