UK weather: a month of rain to fall in hours - will it hit your area?

Met Office issues severe weather warnings

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Severe weather warnings have been issued and travel disruption is likely as the UK braces for torrential rain, fierce winds and snow over 24 hours.

A month's worth of rain could fall across parts of the country in just a few hours, with up to 100mm possible over higher ground.

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The Met Officehas issued yellow warnings for rain, wind and snow as Britain prepares for another bout of miserable weather moving in from the Atlantic.

Dozens of flood alerts are also in place as the severe weather threatens to cause travel disruption for commuters.

People have been urged to monitor the forecast as conditions could worsen throughout the day.

Here are the areas that are likely to be hit by severe weather on Wednesday and Thursday.

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Where is heavy rain expected?

Heavy and persistent rain will fall across parts of north-west Wales, northern England an southern Scotland on Wednesday before gradually easing during the night, the Met Office says.

Many places will see 25-50mm of rain, while around 100mm is possible over higher ground.

Heavy rain will gradually clear eastwards during the night.

But there remains some uncertainty with regards to the exact location of the heaviest rain.

In many places, torrential downpours will be accompanied by strong winds.

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A yellow warning for rain is in place from Wednesday at 8am to Thursday at 4am including the following areas:

  • North East England: Durham, Northumberland
  • North West England: Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester
  • South West Scotland and Lothian Borders: Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Wales: Conwy, Gwynedd
  • Yorkshire and Humber: North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Northern Ireland will also see heavy bursts of rain.

What areas are under a wind warning?

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A yellow warning for wind has been issued for a much larger area, including all of England and Wales, and southern Scotland.

The warning is in place from Wednesday at 9am to Thursday at 7am.

The Met Office said gusts of 65-70mph are expected along exposed coasts and over higher ground such as the mountains of Wales, the Moors of south-west England and the Pennines.

Gusts of 50mph are likely elsewhere.

Winds will gradually ease from the west on Wednesday night and the far south-east of England around dawn on Thursday.

Fierce winds could be accompanied by outbreaks of rain, some of it heavy, making driving conditions even more difficult.

Where will it snow?

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'Tis the season for snow with temperatures plunging overnight in northern parts of Scotland.

A yellow warning for snow has been issued, with the Met Office predicting 2-5cm and possibly 10-20cm over higher ground.

Snow is expected to develop early Thursday and become heavy and persistent for a time later in the morning before easing in the afternoon.

There remains some uncertainty regarding where the heaviest snow will fall.

The warning is in effect for areas including Central, Tayside & Fife, Grampian, Highlands & Eilean Siar, and Strathclyde between 3am and 1pm on Thursday.

Experts have warned that Britain could suffer its snowiest winter for 27 years, when devastating blizzards left millions without power and water for days in 1991.

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