UK weather forecast today – 'Intense' Storm Alex triggers warnings of MAJOR disruption and floods as Britain is battered

THE UK is set to be battered by an 'intense' 900-mile 'Atlantic torment' storm.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning over 65mph winds and two inches of rain.

Clare Nasir, Met Office Meteorologist, said: “During the day on Thursday there will be a “rash of rain” extending the north and east of Scotland.

“Showers gather towards the west and track inland becoming more intense as we head through the morning into the afternoon across Wales, the Midlands, Central Southern England as well as the west country.

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  • FROST AND FOG NEXT WEEK

    Because of the low pressure and the below-average temperatures overnight, in the next 10 days we will likely be waking up to mornings of frost and fog.

    Low pressure is the dominant figure for the next week and a half in our weather system, according to the Met Office.

  • MET OFFICE’S 10 DAY REPORT

    Aiden McGivern says that in the next 10 days, there will be “low pressure, after low pressure, after low pressure.”

    Strong winds in France will whip up Storm Alex, which will be pushed into the south of the UK on Friday.

    Winds will reach speeds up to 55mph, according to the Meteorologist.

  • THURSDAY FORECAST: MIXED MESSAGES

    Thursday morning will bring clouds and outbreaks of rain for some eastern areas, with sunshine and showers elsewhere.

    It will be a dry day for most of the east of the UK, while Scotland is hit with showers.

  • YESTERDAY’S DAILY EXTREMES

    Wednesday was a wet and cloudy day for much of the UK, with Wattisham only recording 2.9 hours of sunshine.

    According to the Met Office, here are the daily extremes for yesterday:

  • WEATHER WARNING: MORE INFO

    The yellow weather warning is in place for the southern coast of England on Friday.

  • YELLOW WARNING

    On Friday, the southern coast of England has a yellow warning in place as wet and windy weather is expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.

    The Met Office said: “Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.

    “Some places could receive 40-50mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.

    “Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60-65mph.”

  • FROST & FOG

    The Met Office today said some parts of the UK will see “frost and fog patches” later this evening.

    It said: “Further rain affecting northern Scotland. Turning wet and windy across southern England.

    “Many other parts dry with clear spells, and turning chilly with some frost and isolated fog patches.”

  • STORMING IN

    Storm Alex is set to smash Britain this weekend bringing flash floods and 65mph gales from northern France.

    The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” from Thursday to Saturday as we move into a wet and windy October.

    There is a yellow weather warning in place this week, bringing intense wind and rain to parts of the UK.

    It comes as Storm Alex – named by the French meteorological service – moves across northern France and into the Channel, bringing potential flooding, large waves and delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport to southern England.

  • TODAY'S FORECAST

    Risk of some rain fringing far east of England, with further rain affecting eastern and northern Scotland. Elsewhere, sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, most frequent in the south-west.

  • SOUTH YORKSHIRE FLOOD VICTIMS 'DEEPLY ANGRY'

    Ministers must recognise South Yorkshire flooding victims are “deeply angry” and need better protection, MPs have insisted.

    Labour former leader Ed Miliband warned people in his Doncaster North constituency have yet to recover from last November's floods and they are concerned about the lack of funds from Westminster to help the town.

    MPs heard around 1,000 homes in South Yorkshire and 565 businesses were directly affected by the floods.

    Experts described the heavy rainfall, which saw the River Don burst its banks, as a “once-in-60-years” weather event.

  • RAIN EXPECTED FOR TOMORROW

    Tomorrow there is risk of rain fringing far east of England, with further rain affecting eastern and northern Scotland. Elsewhere, sunny spells and scattered heavy showers, most frequent in the south-west.

    For Friday there will be heavy and strong winds in the south and mostly dry sunny spells elsewhere.

  • STORMS TO BATTER BRITAIN THIS WEEKEND

    Storms are set to thrash Britain this weekend, with wet and windy weather expected as we move into October.

    The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” until Saturday, prompting weather warnings from the Met Office.

    Parts of south-west Scotland will be hit today with torrential downpours, with up to 50mm of rainfall in some areas.

  • GLOOMY SCENES IN BOURNEMOUTH TODAY

  • RAIN TO PERSIST THROUGH SCOTLAND

    According to the Met Office, for tonight, the rain slowly clears eastwards but will “persist across parts of Scotland.

    “Clear spells follow but showers affect the southwest”.

    Heading into Thursday, it will turn chilly across Northern Ireland overnight, with frost and a few fog patches.

  • MOTORISTS WARNED OVER SPRAY ON ROADS TONIGHT

    Rain is set to move east this evening, which could create issues for motorists tonight.

    This comes as heavier rain is set to hit the UK over the next few days.

  • GRITTERS READY TO HELP MOTORISTS IN SEVERE WEATHER

    Ninety-three new state of the art gritters will be patrolling England’s motorways and major A roads this winter as part of a multi-million investment to help keep traffic moving in severe weather.

    The new gritters will improve safety for drivers and workers due to the vehicles’ improved technology, set up and enhanced visibility. They also treat the roads at a maximum of 50mph, 10mph faster than earlier models.

  • ATLANTIC TORMENT

    The UK will be struck by a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” till the weekend, as we move into a wet and windy October.

    The Met Office said: “Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.

    “Some places could receive 40-50mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.

    “Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60-65mph.”

    Most of the UK will see heavy rain across the three-day period – with winds reaching speeds of 65mph.

  • MET OFFICE WARNING FOR FRIDAY

    More wet and windy weather is on its way for Friday.

    A weather map shows a deep area of low pressure which will tract towards the Brest peninsula in France.

    “It's going to cause some problems, particularly with wind strength, and heavy rain,” says the Met Office.

    The service has issued a warning for wind and rain for the southern counties of England and Wales as we head through Friday.

    Elsewhere, it will be fine towards the north after a chilly start.

  • TEMPERATURES 10-16C THURSDAY

    Thursday morning kicks off with wet weather across central and northern areas of Scotland, says the Met Office.

    Cloud will “linger” over England's eastern counties and showers will continue to feed in across the west, becoming heavier later in the day.

    “In between – through the afternoon – you may see some sunshine in border regions, northern England, the Midlands, towards central southern England.

    “Temperatures are typically around 12 to 16C,” the service adds.

  • WEDNESDAY EVENING FORECAST

    Wednesday afternoon features heavy bursts of rain pushing eastwards, and also a blustery breeze, says the Met Office.

    Temperatures are “struggling wherever you are”.

    Throughout this evening rain continues northeastwards, up towards Scotland, “clipping” Wales and north west England.

    “The rain lingers on across the far southeast of England as well as northeast of Scotland.

    “Elsewhere showers will fly in on a blustery breeze (below), it will be a chilly night for Northern Ireland and western Scotland – here we could even see a touch of air frost,” says the Met Office.

  • SOUTH WEST WEATHER WARNING FOR FRIDAY

    On Friday, the southern coast of England has a yellow warning in place as wet and windy weather is expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.

    The Met Office said: “Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.”

  • SUNNY MORNING ON THE LOCH

    A paddle boarder enjoyed a sunny morning at Loch of the Lowes near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders today.

    Weather there is set to change this afternoon – with a 60 per cent chance of rain at 4pm.

  • YELLOW WEATHER WARNING IN PLACE FOR SCOTLAND

    There are two yellow weather warnings in place this week, bringing intense wind and rain to parts of the UK.

    Parts of south-west Scotland will be hit today with torrential downpours, with up to 50mm of rainfall in some areas.

  • BLACKPOOL HIT BY GALE-FORCE WINDS

    This was the chilly scene along Blackpool's central promenade, as high winds whipped up the sea earlier today.

  • ODDS CUT ON WETTEST OCTOBER ON RECORD

    Bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the wettest October on record in the UK to 6-4 (from 3-1) as early forecasts point to a damp month.

    “It's going to be a very damp start to October and with Storm Aiden set to bring with it torrential downpours, the odds have been slashed on it being a record wet month,” said Coral spokesman John Hill.

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