UK weather: Forecasters say more severe storms to hit Britain before New Year


A motorist navigates past a fallen tree in north Antrim as power companies have been condemned for failing to restore supplies to thousands of households as the UK suffered a second major storm over the Christmas holiday.

Britain is to be battered by fresh storms, with heavy rain and wind on the way.

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert of heavy rain and wind for Monday and forecasters warn the South-west of England, Wales and Scotland will be the worst hit.

A Met Office spokesperson told the BBC: "With ground already saturated over much of this region, the public should be aware of the risk of further local flooding."

South-west and Southern England and Wales can expect winds of 60mph to 70mph, while exposed areas, including the Isles of Scilly, west Cornwall and west Wales could see gales of up to 80mph.

Speaking to the Daily Star, a Met Office forecaster said: "Sunday will be cold and mostly dry before wet and windy weather arrives from the west overnight, clearing on Monday to leave showers. Tuesday will be wet and windy for many.

"On Wednesday, after a dry start, ­another spell of rain, heavy at times, is expected to push across the UK.

"It will be windy, with gales or severe gales in exposed parts of the country."

More than 1,700 homes in Kent, Surrey and Sussex are still without power after high winds struck on Christmas Day.

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