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Weather warning for wind and rain on Friday and Saturday

The areas covered by yellow weather warnings on Friday and Saturday. Photo: Met Office

Valid from 4am on Friday 14 February to 6am Saturday 15 February

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain.

The areas in the Anglia region affected are: Bedford, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Luton, Norfolk, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock, Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes

A new area of rain will arrive in southwest England during the early hours of Friday, moving quickly northeastwards and affecting many parts of the UK. Following this rain, areas of organised showers will move across Wales and the south of England, adding to the rainfall accumulations. With very wet ground conditions in Wales and the south of England and following repeated heavy rainfall events earlier in the week, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places. The rain will clear away from these most sensitive areas early Saturday morning. The impacts from this rainfall may continue on some rivers on subsequent days and further information may be found by visiting the Environment Agency website or by calling the Environment Agency Floodline.

"Yet another storm is now developing to the west of the Azores. It will run northeastwards across western parts of the UK during Friday and into Saturday, before clearing to the northeast. The associated frontal systems will bring spells of heavy and persistent rain, especially across the southern parts of England and Wales as well as further very strong winds (see separate warnings). 10-20 mm of rain will fall fairly widely in the Yellow Warning area, with 40 mm possible across parts of the southwest of England and south Wales.There still remains some uncertainty in the track of this system, but it seems most likely that further periods of heavy rain will affect much of the UK and in particularly Wales and southern England on Friday and early Saturday."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's assessment
High water levels in the River Ouzel in Newport Pagnell near Milton Keynes Credit: Steve Place

Met Office Weather Warning for strong winds

Valid from 3pm on Friday 14 February to 12pm on Saturday 15 February 2014

There is also a yellow Met Office weather warning in force for strong winds on Friday and Saturday.

The areas covered in the Anglia region are: Essex, Norfolk, Southend-on-Sea, Suffolk, Thurrock

A further period of very strong winds is possible across southern and southeastern counties of England from Friday afternoon, overnight into Saturday morning. Gusts of 60-70 mph are possible even inland with 80 mph possible along most exposed parts of the south coast (see Amber Warning). Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning.The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as trees being uprooted. The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should be aware of potentially dangerous conditions and also the possibility of coastal flooding.