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Wet weekend ahead following Storm Alex

Storm Alex will bring wet and windy weather to southern parts of the UK on Friday, followed by a very wet weekend for many.

The Met Office has issued a rain and wind warning for southern parts of the UK tomorrow (Friday), as Storm Alex, a weather system named by Météo-France earlier this week, clips the southern edge of Britain.   

Steve Ramsdale, Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, said:

“It’ll be quite a miserable end to the working week for southern and south-west England as Storm Alex brings heavy rain and strong winds tomorrow, with coastal gales of around 60-65mph for some. 

“Away from the south it’ll be a more pleasant day, with light winds and bright spells for much of northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. However, as the strong winds and rain associated with Storm Alex clear away from Britain later on Friday, another low-pressure system moves towards the UK from the east bringing further very heavy rain and strong winds to many over the weekend.”

Deputy Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Nick Silkstone, said:

“Saturday will be a very wet day as heavy bands of rain push north and west across the country, followed by showery rain on Sunday.  It’ll be cold and windy too with a risk of coastal gales in some areas. The Met Office has issued a rain warning covering large parts of the country over the weekend and we’re urging people to keep a close eye on the weather forecast and warnings during this spell of disruptive weather.” 

Parts of Wales, southwest England and eastern Scotland could see over 100mm of rain falling over the weekend, which is likely to lead to significant impacts from flooding, an enhanced risk of landslides along with very difficult driving conditions. 

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