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Britain will be soaked with up to TWO INCHES of rain today, with thunderstorms looming later


Britain is hit by two inches of rain today as weather warnings covering much of the country spark severe flood fears.

Parts of the UK marking the bitter end of a sultry summer could be soaked – about 3.5 cm – from a month of rain in just 24 hours today, while Storm Alex wreaks havoc for a third day.

And the wet weather is unlikely to wear off later in the day as thunderstorms could hit the southeast tonight.

It's not all doom and darkness, however, because while Machrihanish Scotland will have the lowest temperature of 0.9 ° C today, parts of Sussex will bathe in a mild 16.6 ° C.

South Wales, Bristol and Gloucestershire all fall under the Met Office's amber weather warning, which means the downpour can cause fast-flowing or deep flooding and endanger lives.

The last warning level issued before the pandemic also means the UK can expect mass transportation chaos with dangerous driving conditions, road closures, and delays and cancellations of public transport.

These warnings have now been extended to noon as they were supposed to expire at 6 a.m. this morning.

Yellow weather warnings are still in place from Exeter in the south to the northernmost point of Scotland.

The British public has now been warned to expect further flooding and transport disruptions. More than 50 flood warnings and a small number of flood warnings were issued as the damp UK weekend continued.

Firefighters and water utilities are seen in a flooded area in Hemel Hempstead after heavy rain last night

A resident clears water from her flooded house on Sunday due to the heavy rain in Hemel Hempstead

A resident clears water from her flooded house on Sunday due to the heavy rain in Hemel Hempstead

South Wales, Bristol and Gloucestershire all fall under the Met Office's amber weather warning, which means the downpour can cause fast-flowing or deep flooding, putting life at risk

A British precipitation map

South Wales, Bristol and Gloucestershire all fall under the Met Office's amber weather warning, which means the downpour can cause fast-flowing or deep flooding, putting life at risk. Right: A precipitation map for Great Britain

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said areas in the Amber Warning Areas could see 0.8 inches of rain, with up to two inches above ground on Sunday. "It will rain a bit more for the next 24 hours," he added.

The bad weather will no doubt disappoint the 45,000 people who are hoping to run or run the 40th London Marathon on their own 26.2-mile route after the usual mass event is retired due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Only elite athletes were allowed to brave the pouring rain to take part in the race in central London today due to restrictions in social distance.

The Met Office said it had rained 4.6 inches at Blackpitts Gate in Somerset and 4 inches at Princes Marsh, Hampshire in the 42 hours that ran until 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Floods have hit train traffic in London and Scotland. Connections between St. Pancras and Finsbury Park have been cut as travel times are longer due to flooding on the route.

The adverse weather conditions mark the third day of the mayhem that Storm Alex brought to the UK.

A family of four had to be rescued by firefighters from a street in Billericay, Essex yesterday after their car caught in flood, while police warned drivers after multiple accidents on wet roads.

ScotRail said the affected areas would need to be checked first this morning after yesterday's bad weather to ensure the routes are safe for operation, which is causing some lines to be closed.

Rod Dennis, spokesman for RAC Breakdown, said road conditions were "miserable, if not downright dangerous" for drivers this weekend. He added that drivers need to be prepared for an "ugly mix" of surface spray, gusty winds and, most likely, some interference on the roads.

A woman was rescued by her husband after driving into four feet of water this morning in Essex while the train lines are submerged as Britain was hit by heavy downpours and storms from Storm Alex.

Water companies speak to residents of flooded homes in Hemel Hempstead. Last night's downpours caused chaos in several households

Water companies speak to residents of flooded homes in Hemel Hempstead. Last night's downpours caused chaos in several households

Flash floods have wreaked havoc in Hemel Hempstead. Sandbags were handed out to stop water-damaging homes and cars

Flash floods have wreaked havoc in Hemel Hempstead. Sandbags were handed out to stop water-damaging homes and cars

A desperate resident tries to shut down the water flow from her home in Hemel Hempstead after a flash flood last night

A desperate resident tries to shut off the water supply from her home in Hemel Hempstead after a flash flood last night

The bad weather will no doubt be a disappointment for the 45,000 people who are hoping to run or run the 40th London Marathon on their own 26.2-mile route after the usual mass event is retired due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, these runners Southsea were not deterred

The bad weather will no doubt be a disappointment for the 45,000 people who are hoping to run or run the 40th London Marathon on their own 26.2-mile route after the usual mass event is retired due to the coronavirus pandemic. These runners Southsea were not deterred, however

The pouring rain and choppy sea didn't stop this determined runner in Southsea taking part in the virtual London Marathon

The pouring rain and choppy sea didn't stop this determined runner in Southsea taking part in the virtual London Marathon

This motivated runner was seen splashing through rain-soaked pavement in Southsea while participating in the virtual London marathon

This motivated runner was seen splashing through rain-soaked pavement in Southsea while participating in the virtual London marathon

The bad weather will no doubt be a disappointment for the 45,000 people who are hoping to run or run the 40th London Marathon on their own 42km route on Sunday after the usual mass event was retired due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only top athletes were allowed to brave the pouring rain to take part in the race in central London today

The bad weather will no doubt be a disappointment for the 45,000 people who are hoping to run or run the 40th London Marathon on their own 42km route on Sunday after the usual mass event was retired due to the coronavirus pandemic. Only top athletes were allowed to brave the pouring rain to take part in the race in central London today

Elite runners compete in the London Marathon today. Only elite runners can participate this year

Elite runners compete in the London Marathon today. Only elite runners can participate this year

Employees soaked in Ran in plastic ponchos were preparing for the marathon today. They wore bump devices on their necks to keep themselves socially distant

Employees soaked in Ran in plastic ponchos were preparing for the marathon today. They wore bump devices on their necks to keep themselves socially distant

People protect themselves from the rain in Soho, London, from the 10pm curfew imposed during the coronavirus pandemic

People protect themselves from the rain in Soho, London, from the 10pm curfew imposed during the coronavirus pandemic

People standing in the rain in Leeds one night after the government imposed its 10 p.m. coronavirus curfew

People standing in the rain in Leeds one night after the government imposed their 10 p.m. coronavirus curfew

People walking through Cambridge braving the pouring rain as the UK strikes with weather not seen since March

People walking through Cambridge braving the pouring rain as the UK strikes with weather that has not been seen since March

Cars drive through a flood in north London caused by Storm Alex on Saturday. The Met Office forecasts heavy rain and windy weather in the capital for the rest of the day

Cars drive through a flood in north London caused by Storm Alex on Saturday. The Met Office forecasts heavy rain and windy weather in the capital for the rest of the day

The Northwest Highway Police tweeted yesterday: “If you are using the network this afternoon, please slow down. Thankfully this was just a damage RTC.

“There is a lot of water in the network today. Please allow additional time for your trip. & # 39;

Mark Newberry, commercial manager of the breakdown insurance company, advised drivers to remain cautious and ensure they complete the appropriate safety checks before going anywhere.

While RAC breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said road conditions will be "miserable, if not downright dangerous" for drivers this weekend.

He said they need to be prepared for an "ugly mix" of surface spray, gusty winds and most likely some disturbance on the roads.

Bookmaker Coral also made it 4-5 a chance this October will be the wettest on record as the month kicks off with heavy showers across the country.

Harry Aitkenhead of Coral said, “It has only just started but we have a chance to enter the record books as early as October, when it is the wettest we have ever had. It will take a few months. & # 39;

In addition, the Met Office has warned that some areas of the country could be affected by flooding as weather warnings have been issued for large areas of the country.

A damaged car following a collision on the M56 in Cheshire on Saturday, pictured in a North West Motorway Police flyer photo as heavy rain hits parts of the UK and the Met Office is issuing warnings that have not been seen since March

A damaged car following a collision on the M56 in Cheshire on Saturday, pictured in a North West Motorway Police flyer photo as heavy rain hits parts of the UK and the Met Office is issuing warnings that have not been seen since March

People with umbrellas in Nottingham city center. Yesterday there were amber warnings for Wales, the West Midlands, the South West of England and also parts of Eastern Scotland

People with umbrellas in Nottingham city center. Yesterday there were amber weather warnings for Wales, the West Midlands, the South West of England and also parts of Eastern Scotland

Three brave people run into the sea at Langland Bay in Gower, Swansea on a gloomy Saturday morning, what is expected to be a wet and windy weekend in Wales and the rest of the UK on Saturday

Three brave people run into the sea at Langland Bay in Gower, Swansea on a gloomy Saturday morning, what is expected to be a wet and windy weekend in Wales and the rest of the UK on Saturday

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said, “It's going to rain all day and be terrible. If you need extra time on your trip the roads can be tricky at times as visibility is poor due to the heavy rain. & # 39;

This follows on from the damage Storm Alex already wreaked in parts of the UK on Thursday when trees were trampled.

Police have also warned thrill seekers to get out of the way after foam is discovered on Perranporth beach in Cornwall, blown about half a mile inland.

One officer said, “If you want to take photos or videos, position yourself to do so. Don't put yourself in danger because that means you will likely get an 911 call.

“It says something when the foam is blown about half a mile inland. So it's pretty rough. & # 39;

Rain was recorded in places for more than a month after Storm Alex tore down a school roof and felled trees in Brittany, France.

The National Trust has closed Brownsea Island, which is known as one of the remaining strongholds of England for our native squirrels.

Greenkeepers hold water off the 18th green yesterday during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in October in North Berwick, Scotland

Greenkeepers hold water from the 18th green during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in October in North Berwick, Scotland yesterday

With the remains of Storm Alex still haunted by the UK, visitors to Cambridge brave the pouring rain to make the most of the city's sights yesterday, and protect themselves while poking under umbrellas

With the remains of Storm Alex still haunted by the UK, visitors to Cambridge brave the pouring rain to make the most of the city's sights yesterday, and protect themselves while poking under umbrellas

Cambridge students tried to shelter from the pouring rain in the city center yesterday. Rain was recorded in places for more than a month after Storm Alex tore down a school roof and felled trees in Brittany, France

Cambridge students tried to shelter from the pouring rain in the city center yesterday. Rain was recorded in places for more than a month after Storm Alex tore down a school roof and felled trees in Brittany, France

Visitors to Cambridge protect themselves under parasols while visiting the city center. Bookmaker Coral has also managed 4-5 to make this October the wettest on record

Visitors to Cambridge protect themselves under parasols while visiting the city center. Bookmaker Coral also managed 4-5 to make this October the wettest on record

Visitors to Cambridge protect themselves under umbrellas as they poke around town. The Met Office has warned that some areas of the country could be affected by flooding as weather warnings were issued for large areas of the country

Visitors to Cambridge protect themselves under umbrellas as they poke around town. The Met Office has warned that some areas of the country could be affected by flooding as weather warnings have been issued for large areas of the country

Vehicles generate spray when driving through rainwater that has accumulated on a roundabout in Maidenhead, Berkshire, as heavy rain hits parts of the UK and the Met Office has stopped issuing warnings since March

Vehicles generate spray when driving through rainwater that has accumulated on a roundabout in Maidenhead, Berkshire, as heavy rain hits parts of the UK and the Met Office has stopped issuing warnings since March

A woman wearing a protective face covering protection from the rain under a Union flag umbrella outside Buckingham Palace in central London as downpours brought flooding and travel disruptions

A woman wearing a protective face covering protection from the rain under a Union flag umbrella outside Buckingham Palace in central London as downpours brought flooding and travel disruptions

A man is walking his dog under trees this afternoon reflected in a puddle after rainfall in Greenwich Park in south east London

A man is walking his dog under trees this afternoon reflected in a puddle after rainfall in Greenwich Park in south east London

Cyclists passed trees yesterday that were reflected in a puddle after heavy rainfall in Greenwich Park in south east London

Cyclists passed trees yesterday that were reflected in a puddle after heavy rainfall in Greenwich Park in south east London

People protect themselves from the rain under umbrellas as they look out at the London skyline during a downpour in Greenwich Park in south east London this afternoon

People protect themselves from the rain under umbrellas as they look out at the London skyline during a downpour in Greenwich Park in south east London this afternoon

People are walking under trees in Greenwich Park this afternoon after rainfall reflected in a puddle and shelter under umbrellas

People are walking under trees in Greenwich Park this afternoon after rainfall reflected in a puddle and shelter under umbrellas

During a downpour in Greenwich Park in south east London, people are sheltered from the rain under umbrellas and leaves

During a downpour in Greenwich Park in south east London, people are sheltered from the rain under umbrellas and leaves

People looking at the view of the London skyline during a downpour in Greenwich Park in London this afternoon

People looking at the view of the London skyline during a downpour in Greenwich Park in London this afternoon

Thousands of visitors travel to the island in the middle of Poole Harbor in Dorset to see the & # 39; squirrel nut kernels & # 39; scurry between the pines.

While Storm Alex is still raging, a National Trust spokesman said, “We made the decision to close the island today.

“Another weather front is blowing in and we need to put the safety and comfort of our visitors first. We hope that we can open again as usual on Sunday. Everyone with pre-booked tickets will be contacted as soon as possible. & # 39;

The opening semifinal of the Vitality Blast Finals Day in Edgbaston has also been delayed due to rain.

The Surrey v Gloucestershire game was scheduled to start at 11am but the bad weather meant the proceedings were delayed. An inspection was due at 11 a.m.

The second semi-final between Nottinghamshire and Lancashire was scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m.

Ground staff are trying to clear the outfield with the erasure slip as the rain delays the start of the game during the T20 Vitality Blast semi-final match between Surrey and Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday

Ground staff are using the erasure slip to clear the outfield as rain delays the start of the game during the T20 Vitality Blast semi-final match between Surrey and Gloucestershire at Edgbaston in Birmingham yesterday

Ground staff are working to clear the outfield as rain is delaying the start of the game during the T20 Vitality Blast semi-final game

Ground staff are working to clear the outfield as rain is delaying the start of the game during the T20 Vitality Blast semi-final game

A general view of the covers as the rain further delayed the Vitality Blast T20 semi-final game at Edgbaston in Birmingham this afternoon

A general view of the covers as the rain further delayed the Vitality Blast T20 semi-final game at Edgbaston in Birmingham this afternoon

Englishman Eddie Pepperell protects himself from the rain as he tees off the sixth tee during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Englishman Eddie Pepperell protects himself from the rain as he tees off the sixth tee during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Englishman Lee Westwood protects himself from the rain as he approaches the tenth green during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Englishman Lee Westwood protects himself from the rain as he approaches the tenth green during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Scot Scott Jamieson protects himself under one roof on the third tee during the third round of the Scottish Open from Aberdeen Standard Investments at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Scot Scott Jamieson protects himself under one roof on the third tee during the third round of the Scottish Open from Aberdeen Standard Investments at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

New Zealander Scott Hend protects himself from the rain during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

New Zealander Scott Hend protects himself from the rain during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Englishman Ian Poulter protects himself from the rain on the third tee during the third round of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick

Der Engländer Ian Poulter schützt sich beim dritten Abschlag während der dritten Runde der Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open im Renaissance Club in North Berwick vor dem Regen

Währenddessen kam eine Autofahrerin innerhalb einer Sekunde nach ihrem Tod, als ein riesiger Baum vor ihrem Auto umkippte.

Joanne Page, 58, fuhr von den Friseuren nach Hause, als die 70-Fuß-Eiche während Storm Alex herunterfiel. Ihr Auto blieb nur wenige Zentimeter vom Stamm des umgestürzten Baumes entfernt stehen.

Der dramatische Vorfall ereignete sich gestern um 10.30 Uhr auf der A337 in der Nähe von Lymington, Hants. Sie sagte: »Ein Mann fuhr hinter mir her, als es passierte. Wir stiegen beide aus dem Auto und er fragte, ob es mir gut gehe. Ich sagte, es gehe mir gut und er sagte, wenn ich eine Sekunde schneller wäre, wäre ich nicht hier.

"Es ist außergewöhnlich, dass niemand verletzt wurde."

Frau Page sagte, sie habe den Baum vor sich fallen sehen, als sie sich ihm auf der 40-Meilen-Straße näherte.

Sie sagte: „Ich konnte sehen, wie sich das Holz spaltete und es so elegant fiel. Es war ein ziemlich majestätischer Sturz, ich fühle mich privilegiert, ihn mehr als alles andere gesehen zu haben. Aber wenn mein Auto darunter gewesen wäre, hätte ich mich bemüht, rechtzeitig auszusteigen. Ich werde jetzt einen Lottoschein kaufen. & # 39;

Der Baum wurde später von Beamten der Autobahn von der Fahrbahn geräumt.

Erstaunlicherweise stapften Feuerwehrleute in Sussex durch den strömenden Regen und Schlamm, um letzte Nacht ein Feuer in einem Busch zu löschen.

Trotz seiner Sättigung fing das Unterholz in Duke's Mound, einem Schönheitsort auf einem Hügel an der Küste von Brighton, Feuer.

Als Storm Alex in ganz Großbritannien Chaos anrichtete, sprühten die Feuerwehrleute Wasser auf die Flammen, die den Himmel erhellten.

Die Besatzungen von East Sussex Fire and Rescue wurden gestern Abend gegen 19 Uhr zu Duke's Mound gerufen und packten ihre Schläuche erst um 21.10 Uhr weg. Sie sagten, das Feuer sei in den regennassen Büschen in der Nähe von Brighton Marina „tief sitzend“.

In der Zwischenzeit sagte die stellvertretende Chefmeteorologin des Met Office, Laura Ellam, dass sich der Niederschlag als „herausfordernd und störend“ erweisen könnte.

Für Teile des Südostens Englands werden bis Montagmittag stündlich Regengüsse prognostiziert, die Hunderttausende von Familien in Alarmbereitschaft versetzen, während Pendler gestern vor einer höllischen Rückkehr von der Arbeit stehen.

In der Bretagne wurde am Donnerstagabend eine maximale Windböe von 115 Meilen pro Stunde registriert, als Alex über Nordwestfrankreich an Land ging, was der höchsten britischen Böe für den Großen Sturm von 1987 entspricht – obwohl der französische Rekord 138 Meilen pro Stunde beträgt.

Die Höchstgeschwindigkeit in Großbritannien erreichte am Freitag 71 Meilen pro Stunde. Der Sturm wurde von französischen Prognostikern Alex genannt, weil er auf dem Kontinent entstand, aber er hätte Aiden genannt, wenn er von britischen und irischen Prognostikern benannt worden wäre.

DORSET: Die Leute räumen am Freitag in Swanage in Dorset Steine ​​auf, die vom Meer gebracht wurden, als Storm Alex eintraf

DORSET: Die Leute räumen am Freitag in Swanage in Dorset Steine ​​auf, die vom Meer gebracht wurden, als Storm Alex eintraf

KENT: Autos fahren gestern auf der M20 in Folkestone durch den Regen, da Autofahrer am Freitag im Südosten gefährlichen Bedingungen ausgesetzt sind

KENT: Autos fahren gestern auf der M20 in Folkestone durch den Regen, da Autofahrer am Freitag im Südosten gefährlichen Bedingungen ausgesetzt sind

DORSET: Während des Sturms Alex am Freitag brechen Wellen auf der Promenade von Swanage auf, als Südengland von starkem Regen getroffen wird

DORSET: Während des Sturms Alex am Freitag brechen Wellen auf der Promenade von Swanage auf, als Südengland von starkem Regen getroffen wird

Weit verbreitete Stromausfälle haben Südengland getroffen. Scottish und Southern Electricity Networks verzeichneten ungeplante Ausfälle in mehr als 20 Gebieten, darunter Portsmouth, Southampton und Städte östlich von Reading.

Western Power Distribution hat auch Vorfälle in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset und Somerset registriert. Darüber hinaus betrafen Ausfälle fast 1.230 Häuser in Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire und 550 in Crawley, West Sussex.

Power board engineers were working in increasingly atrocious conditions to restore supplies but with winds increasing in strength, trees were at risk of being blown on to overhead cables.

Runners tackling 26.2 miles of the London Marathon on Sunday are likely to face rain and strong winds. While elite runners will race on a looped course, 45,000 other participants will choose their own route tracked by an app.

But the Met Office does not expect it to be the wettest marathon ever. That record was in 1983 when 0.9in of rain fell in Greenwich, while the windiest was in 1986 when 35mph was recorded at Kew Gardens.

Thursday's weather warning covers southern counties of England from Cornwall to Kent as well as South Wales and Herefordshire until 8pm. By 8am on Friday, Alex was centred close to the Channel Island of Alderney.

Up to two inches of rain could fall, while gale force winds are set to reach 65mph on exposed coasts and 55mph inland. The Met Office is warning of flooding and 'dangerous' driving conditions due to spray and high winds.

In the wake of the storm, a second system is due to bring more heavy rain over the weekend. This has triggered a second set of weather warnings which cover almost all of England, all of Wales and the eastern side of Scotland.

LONDON: A fallen tree hit a van and blocked traffic on Kingston Hill in South West London in wet and windy conditions on Friday

LONDON: A fallen tree hit a van and blocked traffic on Kingston Hill in South West London in wet and windy conditions on Friday

LONDON: Joggers and cyclists brave the rain and blustery conditions at Wimbledon Common in South West London on Friday

LONDON: Joggers and cyclists brave the rain and blustery conditions at Wimbledon Common in South West London on Friday

DORSET: People watch as waves crash along the coast at Swanage in Dorset on Friday amid the severe conditions

DORSET: People watch as waves crash along the coast at Swanage in Dorset on Friday amid the severe conditions

DEVON: Huge waves hit the sea wall at Dawlish as a train travels along and Storm Alex swept into Britain this week

DEVON: Huge waves hit the sea wall at Dawlish as a train travels along and Storm Alex swept into Britain this week

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The warnings last from 3am tomorrow until 6pm on Sunday – and include a 'danger to life' alert due to the chance of 'fast-flowing or deep floodwater'.

'There is a small chance some communities could be cut off,' the Met Office states. It also said there is also a risk of landslides and 'very difficult driving conditions'.

Met Office spokesman Bonnie Diamond said: 'Unusually, the weather system moving in on Saturday is coming from the East, rather than the South West.

'It means eastern counties which are usually more sheltered will bear the brunt of the system. Over the weekend, some places could see more than the average rainfall for the whole of October.'

The wettest conditions are set to be in eastern Scotland but very heavy rain is also expected on the high ground of Wales and South West England.

SUSSEX: People watch as waves batter the promenade and pier on Brighton seafront on Friday

SUSSEX: People watch as waves batter the promenade and pier on Brighton seafront on Friday

Between 4-5in of rain is expected in the worst-hit places, with one to two inches elsewhere. The normal average rainfall for the whole of October is 5in in the UK and 3.8in in England.

The most significant rain is due tomorrow before turning more showery on Sunday but some places could still see heavy downpours.

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Steve Ramsdale described the forecast as a 'miserable end to the working week' and warned of gales before another band of wet weather arrives for larger swathes of the country.

He added: 'As the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later on Friday, another low-pressure system moves towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain and strong winds to many over the weekend.'

The Met Office's concerns were echoed by the Environment Agency, which said: 'Heavy rain will bring the potential for surface water flooding and perhaps some river flooding across the south of England on Friday.

'More widespread and persistent heavy rain across much of England will bring the potential for further river and surface water flooding over the weekend.

'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.'

Miss Diamond added: 'On Monday it is due to become a little less unsettled and windy. There is still due to be a chance of showers but it certainly won't be as wet. The weather is due to stay unsettled into next week.'

And RAC breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said: 'Heavy rain will make road conditions miserable if not downright dangerous for drivers this weekend, and they'll need to be prepared for an ugly mix of surface spray, gusty winds and more than likely some disruption on the roads.

'Floods are also a possibility so drivers should remember never to attempt to drive through water unless they know for sure that it's shallow enough. For drivers who are unlucky enough to breakdown in the horrid conditions, our patrols will be working around the clock to get them moving again.'

Looking further ahead, the Met Office said unsettled weather is forecast to continue until the middle of the month.

Its forecast states: 'An unsettled picture is likely for this period, with all parts of the country seeing showery spells as well as times of more prolonged rainfall.

'Southern and western areas are expected to see the worst of these conditions with the most frequent and heaviest rainfall. Drier and calmer conditions could be seen at times, but likely only for short interludes.

'Largely windy for most of the country during this period, with a risk of gales at times, particularly along western and south-western coasts. Overall, it is likely to feel rather cold.'

A drier spell, with the chance of sunny days but fog and frost by night, is not expected until the second half of the coming month.

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How the Great Storm of 1987 claimed 18 lives, flattened 15million trees, caused damage costing £1.5billion and saw Michael Fish lampooned forevermore

The Great Storm of 1987 battered England and Wales, leaving 18 people dead and causing £1.5billion worth of damage to the economy.

In the early hours of October 16 winds peaked at 115mph, damaging buildings and felling 15million trees in the south east of England.

Millions of homes were left without power for at least a few hours, with some having no electricity for days as trees fell on power lines, disrupting supplies.

Whilst most of England and Wales experienced wet and windy weather that night, it was southern and eastern parts of England that were worst hit. A ship capsized at Dover, and a Channel ferry was driven ashore near Folkestone.

Damage in London after the Great Storm of 1987 which left 18 people dead and causing £1.5billion worth of damage to the economy

Damage in London after the Great Storm of 1987 which left 18 people dead and causing £1.5billion worth of damage to the economy

Planes were turned upside down at Stapleford Abbotts airfield near Epping in Essex during the Great Storm of October 1987

Planes were turned upside down at Stapleford Abbotts airfield near Epping in Essex during the Great Storm of October 1987

Veteran weatherman Michael Fish bore the brunt for famously telling the nation there was no hurricane in the offing, just hours before it arrived.

At the time Mr Fish told viewers tuning into the broadcast: 'Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't, but having said that, actually, the weather will become very windy, but most of the strong winds, incidentally, will be down over Spain and across into France.'

But in 2011, one of his former colleagues finally stepped forward to take the blame for the Met Office's botched forecast.

Bill Giles, who was chief forecaster at the time, admitted that he was in fact responsible for the lunchtime broadcast on October 15 in 1987.

A Sealink ferry was forced onto dry land by the extreme winds that hit England and Wales in October 1987

A Sealink ferry was forced onto dry land by the extreme winds that hit England and Wales in October 1987

It was the worst storm since 1703 and a public enquiry was announced shortly after the storm and an internal enquiry was conducted by the Met Office.

The official forecaster wrote: 'We now know that the strength of the storm was boosted by a phenomenon known as the 'Sting Jet', where cold dry air descends into storms high in the atmosphere.

'Rain or snow falling into this jet of air evaporates and cools the air further, adding more energy which translates into stronger winds. By the time this 'sting in the tail' reaches the ground it can produce winds of 100mph which are concentrated over a small area.

'In 1987, no-one knew sting jets even existed, but now they are well understood and included in forecast models. The storm which affected Scotland in December 2011 was boosted by a sting jet, explaining the maximum gust speed of 164mph recorded on top of Cairngorm.'