UK weather forecast: TWO storms wreak havoc on Britain as devastating flood risk spreads to south of England

Weather map of low pressure

Two colliding storms are set to cause chaos across Britain as they bring persistent rain amid flood warnings in southern England

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 20/10/2023

- 07:43

Updated: 20/10/2023

- 07:56

A rare red weather warning remains in place across Scotland

Two colliding storms are set to cause chaos across Britain as they bring persistent rain amid flood warnings in southern England.

As Storm Babet continues to rage on with high rainfall in eastern Scotland, low pressure has moved east into the Bay of Biscay, Spain.


The low pressure has been named by the Spanish Met Service as Storm Aline and is on track to move across western France later today and is set to push torrential rain up into the south of England.

A rare red weather warning remains in place across Scotland while amber and yellow warnings have been issued across parts of northern England.

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Weather experts say a frontal system which moved north yesterday along with an area of low pressure is now becoming a wave - which is set to cause more misery across Scotland.

High winds are also expected to batter the UK with wind gusts up to 80mph across North East Scotland and the Northern Isles which are set to spread across the North Sea to Denmark and beyond to the Baltic Sea.

Heavy rain moved up into southern England last night and is set to travel north/ northwest over eastern and central England today.

NetWeather's Nick Finnis warned: "Heavy rain looks to develop ahead of this low and could bring large rainfall totals to parts of northern, central and eastern England over the next 24-36 hours, with the risk of flooding in places."

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Spain have been bracing for Storm Aline and as red warning for risk of coastal flooding on the Atlantic coast of Coruña and the entire Cantabrian coast from Galicia to the Basque Country remains in place.

An Amber warning has also been issued for the mountains inland from the coast, including the Picos de Europa for wind gusts up to 70mph.

In the UK, heavy rainfall has continued this morning in large parts of Scotland and northern UK brought by Storm Babet.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has said that river levels could reach an "unprecedented" five metres above normal levels.

The low pressure has been named by the Spanish Met Service as Storm Aline and is on track to move across western France later today and is set to push torrential rain up into the south of England

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It comes after a woman’s body was recovered from a river in Angus, after the 57-year-old was swept into the Water of Lee at Glen Esk.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "There is now high confidence in exceptional rainfall falling across southeast Grampian, particularly the uplands of Angus and south Aberdeenshire.

"100-150 mm of rain is expected to fall widely within 24 hours with some locations likely to see 200-250 mm of rain which is expected to cause considerable impacts both where it falls and lower lying areas further east."

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