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Gale Force Winds And Rain Will Batter The Country Today, Met Office Warns

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Brits may experience sudden gusty winds, torrential rain and thunder today as a storm travels across the UK.

The thundery squall will impact much of Wales and England as its spreads east from the Irish Sea towards London, bringing miserable weather and potential for flooding.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of heavy rain and strong winds for Wales and the South West of England in effect from 10am to 7pm today.

The weather service said there could be 10-22mm of rain, with 40-50mph gusts inland, rising to 60-70mph on exposed coasts.

Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely, with spray and flooding on roads possibly making journey times longer. Forecasters said the flooding of a few homes or business is possible.

A wind warning has also been issued for parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Much of the UK will experience sudden gusty winds, torrential rain and thunder today as a storm system travels across the country. Pictured: Large waves crash against Porthcawl Lighthouse and pier this morning

The weather service said there could be 10-22mm of rain, with 40-50mph gusts inland, rising to 60-70mph on exposed coasts. Pictured: Heavy rain in London on Sunday

Flooding is possible in some areas, the Met Office has warned. Pictured: Vehicles drive through waters on the flooded road of Buckingham Drive in Emmer Green, a suburb of Reading, yesterday after a heavy deluge of rain overnight

The thundery squall will impact much of Wales and England as its spreads east from the Irish Sea towards London, bringing miserable weather and potential for flooding

Much of the UK will start out the day with dry and sunny spells as a band of heavy rain and squally winds moves east today.

The weather system will reach the western UK later this morning and move across all areas by tonight.

The Met Office says the rain will clear the far east this evening, resulting in a largely clear night in the South East of England.

It will remain variably cloudy in the north and west. Blustery, heavy showers will lighten towards dawn.

Temperatures will turn chilly throughout the day. Some inland areas may see frost as winds ease.

By tomorrow much of the country will see a dry, sunny spell – although showers are likely in the west and north. It will remain windy in the north.

There are two yellow weather warnings in place today, one in the South West of England and Wales, and another in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland

As of this morning, there were more than 100 flood warnings and alerts active in the UK with heavy rain and strong gusts set to batter the country

Commuters battled strong winds and heavy rain on Wimbledon Common in south-west London yesterday morning

Fields near Ely in Cambridgeshire flooded on Wednesday morning after the River Delph burst its banks after the recent heavy rain

Today’s expected weather conditions prompted the Met Office to issue a yellow warning.

The weather authority issues warnings when severe weather has the potential to bring impacts to the UK, it states.

Its guidance states: ‘Yellow warnings can be issued for a range of weather situations.

‘Many are issued when it is likely that the weather will cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.’

The Met Office says that despite the yellow warning, many people will be able to continue their daily routine.

But there will still be some areas that will be directly impacted by the storm system.

The weather system will reach the western UK later this morning and move across all areas by tonight. The Met Office says the rain will clear the far east this evening, resulting in a largely clear night in the South East of England

Parts of Scotland could also see snowfall today (left, forecast for 2pm) and tomorrow (right, forecast for 12pm)

Flooded high street in Alconbury Weston in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday after the Alconbury Brook burst its banks following the recent heavy rain

Over the weekend the poor weather will return as Saturday becomes cloudy and wet across much of the west, but there will be sunny spells in the east.

Sunday will face further unsettled conditions with another deluge of rain across the UK, but sunny spells will follow.

At present, the heaviest rain through the weekend is likely in the northwest of Scotland, though much of the country is likely to have some rain for a time.

Temperatures are likely to be somewhat mild in the weekend.

The Met Office said the bad weather is likely to continue next week, especially in the northwest where it may be wet and windy.

In the south and east, however, there is a chance of drier weather and temperatures perhaps returning closer to normal for the time of the year.

Parts of Scotland could also see snowfall today and tomorrow.