Storm Jorge batters Britain with heavy rain and strong gales

The UK is bracing for a fourth weekend of severe weather as Storm Jorge brings wind, heavy rain, and snow to parts of the UK.

This month's third named storm forced police to declare a critical incident in South Wales on Saturday, which has since been stood down.

The latest severe weather comes in the wake of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis, which both left communities struggling to recover from flood damage.

Storm Jorge is predicted to bring heavy rain and winds of up to 75mph across the weekend.

Ahead of the arrival of the storm, the Met Office warned that parts of Wales and northern England could receive up to 80 millimetres of rain.

Flood defences have been breached across the country after weeks of severe weather. Credit: PA

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service took 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday, with residents in affected areas warned to stay indoors unless "absolutely necessary".

There were six yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the UK on Saturday morning - stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

A total of 83 flood warnings were in place across England and Wales - mostly in areas already deluged by flooding including the South West, along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.

A further 211 "flooding is possible" alerts are also in force.

Preparations were already being made for more rainfall in East Yorkshire where residents were evacuated from the villages of West Cowick and Lidgate after the River Aire broke its banks.

Elsewhere four tonnes of sandbags were being laid overnight in East Cowick to help divert water, while 60 properties were at risk of flooding in nearby Lidgate.

People watch as huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, South Wales, as strong winds of up to 75mph brought by Storm Jorge batter the UK. Credit: PA

In the West Midlands, flood defences have been repaired in an attempt to prevent a repeat of this week's flooding.

Aside from the rain, snow will continue to fall - especially in the Scottish Highlands where up to 30cm is predicted in some places.

The wind is also expected to be a factor, with gusts up to 75mph expected in more exposed places in northern England and the Highlands.

Residents making their way towards Lidl in a canoe in Monmouth, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. Credit: PA

More than 600 homes - and a similar number of businesses - have been hit in Wales in recent weeks. That accounts for around a quarter of affected properties in the UK.

The Environment Agency says England has had more than 200% of its average rainfall this month, with some areas getting a month's worth in 24 hours.

Areas of Wales badly hit on Friday night include Pontypridd, which was also flooded two weeks ago, and the Ely area of Cardiff.