UK weather forecast: Severe warning issued as Storm Babet hurls towards Britain - major risk of flooding

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Storm Babet will smash into the UK on Tuesday night

Dan Falvey

By Dan Falvey

Published: 16/10/2023

- 14:17

Updated: 16/10/2023

- 15:07

Winds of 60mph will bring the heavy rain to the UK

A severe weather warning has been issued for Britain as powerful winds send a storm surging towards the UK.

The Met Office said Storm Babet will descend from tomorrow night, with heavy rain and strong winds battering the country.

As much as 20cm of rain could flood some parts of the country.

Deputy Chief Meteorologist, Steven Keates said: "Storm Babet will bring impactful rain to many parts of the UK, but especially parts of eastern Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England later this week.

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"Heavy and persistent rain will fall onto already saturated ground bringing a risk of flooding.

"It is important to stay up to date with warnings from your local flood warning agency as well as the local authorities.

"As well as heavy rain, Storm Babet will bring some very strong winds and large waves near some eastern coasts too.

"Gusts in excess of 60mph are possible in eastern and northern Scotland from Thursday.

"It is likely Met Office warnings will be updated through the week."

Yellow weather warnings are in place from Thursday until Saturday, with much of Scotland and the north and east of England covered by the advisory alerts.

Scotland typically receives 168mm of rainfall in October, but the country will receive more than this amount in the span of a few days.

The Met Office says that some areas could be cut off due to flooded roads and some people may experience power cuts.

David Morgan, Flood Duty Manager for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), added: "Impacts from surface water and rivers are likely, and with catchments saturated from recent heavy rain and flooding, we’re urging people to be prepared for potential flooding.

"There is also concern that surface water flooding may be exacerbated by debris blocking drainage, culverts, etc. as a result of the high winds."

The weather front will bring with it an uptick in temperatures.

After the UK was plunged into frost and sub-zero temperatures at the weekend, Storm Babet will see temperatures rise to as high as 18 degrees.

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