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Britain braced for more stormy weather this weekend

A barrier and a flood warning block a flooded road in Hawbridge, Worcestershire. Photo: David Jones/PA Wire

More stormy weather this weekend.

I know it’s not what you want to hear, but it’s November and this weather is very typical. Low pressure after low pressure, queuing up in the Atlantic and bringing a barrage of wind and rain.

Will we see further flooding?

Unfortunately, there is a high chance of more this weekend. After we had flooding this week in parts of SW Scotland and SW England, this isn’t welcome news.

Cars make their way through floods in the village of Norton near Worcester. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

This weekend one deep and intense area of low pressure will dominate, bringing torrential rain, leading to surface water flooding, spray on the roads and the risk of river flooding. Plus gales or severe gales, which as well as blowing the last of the leaves from the trees (which after a mild start to autumn, there are many more than normal) leading to blocked drains. This could uproot trees, damage buildings and cause travel disruption.

What does this mean for me?

Saturday, the south will be the worst hit. As the low pressure drives through southern England and Wales it will spread heavy rain and strong winds across the whole of England and Wales by the evening, winds will pick up in the south first with gales around coasts.

It will be a hideous day with squally winds causing difficult driving conditions. Once the rain sets in it will last for much of the day with the risk of further flooding. Winds will peak in the south on Saturday night, gusts up to 70mph. In contrast the north will have a chilly start, staying dry bar the odd light showers with sunny spells, the winds will pick up through the day.

Sunday is a reversal of fortunes. As the low pressure moves north, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England become the focus for the heavy rain and gales, so again this brings the risk of disruption & flooding especially in areas where we had flooding earlier this week.

The P&O Spirit of Britain is buffeted by strong winds as she arrives at The Port of Dover, Kent. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

As air is forced over the Pennines, squally winds will develop across northeast England, this could cause issues for high sided vehicles on motorways. The rest of England and Wales will have a breather. The winds will be lighter and more importantly it will have stopped raining, you will even get to see some sunshine. It was sure not to last, more cloud and rain will arrive in SW Sunday evening.

Is next week any better?

It starts unsettled with cold wind and outbreaks of rain. Then there is a signal that it will become more settled and more importantly drier weather, plus it’ll become colder from the middle of the week with night time frosts returning, especially in the north.

Remember to check the weather warnings for your area:

The message is definitely be aware of the forecast and be prepared to take action against the risk of flooding and checking before you travel.

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