Great Britain is facing flood chaos with three weeks of rain today and further downpours tomorrow – but temperatures remain mild at 13 ° C
- Parts of Britain could be hit by flooding today, with up to four inches of rain and 60 miles per hour wind hitting the land
- Met Office issues amber rain warning for South Wales amid fears it could disrupt travel
- Experts say "fast flowing or deep flooding is likely and life threatening" and communities could be cut off
- For many other areas where temperatures will be mild today, cloudy prospects with bright spells are expected
Parts of the UK could be hit by flooding today as up to four inches of rain and 60 miles per hour wind along with lightning and hail hit the country.
The Met Office issued an amber rain warning for South Wales that will last all Friday. Homes and businesses there are likely to be flooded, and train and bus delays or cancellations are also likely.
Forecasters also warned that "high-speed or deep flooding is likely and threatening to life in the area," saying there is a "good chance" that communities could be cut off because of water on the roads.
A lorry drives through a flooded road on the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border this morning in Welney
Flooded fields on the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire border in Welney today when motorists struggled to get through deep water
Motorists struggled to navigate the flooded alleys in Welney this morning after the River Delph burst its banks
Met the office's rain warnings for today (left) and the environmental agency's flood warnings (right, in amber) and warnings (in red) for today
Power outages in homes and businesses are also likely. Rain is developing this morning and will last for much of the day. A height of 1.6 inches (40 mm) to 2.4 inches (60 mm) is expected in the warning area.
The Met Office said that as much as 80mm to 100mm can be seen in some spots, with much of it sloping east in about nine to 12 hours before eviction, which will "likely" lead to flooding and disruption to transportation.
Get ready for a VERY chilly December 25th: temperatures will drop below freezing on the big day … as dreams of a white Christmas fade away
The UK faces a chilly Christmas with freezing temperatures on December 25th – but no signs of snow yet.
Sub-zero temperatures are expected in parts of north-west England and cities including London, but a lack of humidity is likely to prevent snow from falling.
Temperatures are expected to remain mild for the remainder of this week before dropping as we approach Christmas.
Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said the outlook for Christmas was "uncertain" due to confusing print patterns appearing in computer-generated forecasts.
He said, “If you dream of some snow, there is good news. It looks like it's getting colder this Christmas season. But of course you need some moisture and cold for snow.
“It gets cold over Christmas, and where there are showers they will be wintry. However, details of the exact print pattern are too early to say. & # 39;
The cool temperatures in late December are of particular interest to families planning their Christmas dinner outdoors.
There is a broader yellow rain warning in the south west in Devon, Cornwall and much of the rest of Wales warning of a strip of heavy rain moving east this morning before clearing overnight.
In many areas, 20 mm to 30 mm is expected, with Dartmoor probably 60 mm to 80 mm. This follows a lot of rain in the area as early as this week, which increases the likelihood of flooding.
The heavy rain in the wider warning area is accompanied by strong winds and the risk of thunderstorms, with gusts of 80 to 100 km / h on coasts and over higher levels being probable.
That compares to an average rainfall of 144 mm (5.66 in) for all of December in South West England and South Wales, meaning the Amber District can expect nearly three weeks of rain in one day today.
According to CrossCounty, severe weather in the Dawlish area of Devon meant trains were on hold. Some northbound connections started from Exeter instead of Plymouth and buses between Plymouth and Tiverton.
The Environment Agency has issued 42 flood warnings and one warning for England, while Natural Resources Wales has 30 warnings and warnings, but there are none from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Elsewhere, it will rain a little in Aberdeen today, but the rest of the UK is expected to be overcast with bright spells and temperatures will be mild across the country.
These range from around 9 ° C (48 ° F) in northern Scotland to 13 ° C (55 ° C) in Plymouth, Devon – before an overcast evening with thick clouds and bursts of rain in northern and western areas that will be heavy.
The rain will move east overnight and reach the eastern parts of England at dawn. Downpours will turn rainy across Scotland and will remove the spells in the west.
Tomorrow will be mostly dry for many, with long winter sunbeams, but there will be spotty cloud cover in the northern and western areas that brings with it some isolated showers that can be locally strong.
Showers will also develop in the southern counties of England. The wettest weather should remain in western areas, with mild temperatures in the low teens expected to persist throughout the weekend.
Sunday is mostly dry and bright with long rays of sunshine, but there are the occasional showers while Monday will be cloudy and humid, with cloudy skies and bursts of rain spreading to the east.
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