THIRD storm in four days blasts Britain: Flood threat in 165 parts of UK as week’s worth of rain and 60mph gusts strike – after week-long weather chaos forces Great Ouse to burst its banks and swamp St Ives
- Third low pressure system this week will hit the West of the UK this morning before spreading across to East
- Up to an inch of rain today after 121mph Storm Brendan on Monday and a second 78mph storm on Tuesday
- Gales in UK with winds as high as 35mph for many, while coastal areas and western England will see 60mph
- Environment Agency issues 150 flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible, as well as 15 flood warnings
Britain faces a third storm in just four days today as the country braces for a week’s worth of rain and 60mph winds following a week of weather chaos.
A third low pressure system this week will hit the West of the UK this morning before spreading across to eastern areas by the early evening, following 121mph Storm Brendan on Monday and a second 78mph storm on Tuesday.
Up to an inch of rain (25mm) is expected today – just over a week’s worth for the time of year – along with gales across the UK with winds as high as 35mph for many, while coastal areas and western England will have 60mph.
The Great Ouse in St Ives in Cambridgeshire (pictured) has burst its banks following heavy rainfall following Storm Brendan
Pictured: A stranded car inn floodwater in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, after storms and heavy rain across the UK as a week’s worth of rain sweeps in
Pictured: Huge waves in Devon today as wet weather and 60mph winds batter the country after a week of adverse weather
Storm Brendan is bringing havoc across the country as the River Delph in Cambridgeshire burst its banks (pictured) during the adverse weather
Pictured: The town of St Ives in Cambridgeshire on Thursday morning surrounded by flood water after the River Great Ouse burst its banks after Storm Brendan brought heavy rainfall
Pictured: A van drives through floodwater in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, as wet weather sweeps across the UK this week
The sun rises across the water from the Mumbles Lighthouse near Swansea in South Wales this morning
The sun rises over fields near Morcott in Rutland this morning as parts of Britain brace for a third storm in four days
A small fishing out at sea as the sun rises on the North East coast near Tynemouth this morning
This will bring further hazards after the Environment Agency issued 150 flood alerts, which mean flooding is possible, as well as 15 flood warnings, which mean flooding is expected, across England.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall told how the rain today will spread from the West to the East – but tomorrow will be better, with some sunshine and showers before cold but clear weather moves in over the weekend.
He said: ‘We have another low pressure storm coming in bringing strong winds and heavy rain. Rain is likely to be heaviest in the west of the country at first and get across to the east of England by early evening.
‘We are looking at gales across the UK with winds as high as 35mph for many, while coastal areas and the west of England seeing as high as 60mph.
Up to an inch of rain is expected today along with gales across the UK as the country faces its third storm of the week
The Environment Agency has issued 150 flood alerts and 15 warnings (left). Tomorrow will bring sunshine and showers (right)
The low pressure system today follows 121mph Storm Brendan on Monday (left) and a second 78mph storm on Tuesday (right)
‘In terms of rain, we will see up to an inch of rain, although the ground is already wet so there could be minor impacts from that. Once that clears though, tomorrow will be better with sunshine and showers.
‘Going into the weekend there is a big area of high pressure, so most places in the country will see a nice day but also some frost, which we haven’t seen so far this winter. It will be mostly sunny skies although cold and clear.’
Flooding in recent days has added to the country’s woes amid a clean-up operation following Storm Brendan, which rattled the UK with winds of up to 121mph in the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands earlier this week.
The South Coast has seen tides so high that car parks were flooded, and the River Avon burst its banks near Chippenham, Wiltshire. As much as 1.2in (30mm) of rain was recorded in Hampshire overnight on Tuesday night.