Britain will be battered with storms and heavy rain over the next few weeks, with high winds, fog, and thunder and lightning also set to strike. An even more intense weather system is set to hit the country by Saturday, with the country bracing itself for more torrential flooding. The Environment Agency had already issued 37 flood alerts and four flood warnings by 7.40am, following the 39 alerts and 12 warnings that were issued on Tuesday.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill warned of “persistent” downpours sweeping across the country over the next 24 hours.
He said: “There will be some heavier and more persistent rain across north east England and also for south east England too while elsewhere, there will still be some showery outbreaks to watch out for.
“As we go through the day, we’ll see some of the more persistent rain in the east gradually clearing away, but still some further outbreaks of rain following behind.
“Temperatures will be similar to Tuesday, with highs of 21C and maybe 22C but as we get towards the end of the day, there will be further showery outbreaks of rain towards the east, and some could be heavy at times.
UK weather forecast: Britain is set to be battered by huge storms for the next month
UK weather forecast: Heavy rain will smash into the country by the weekend
“But it will be in the west where we will see this cloud and more persistent rain sweeping in and that will make its way eastwards across the UK as we go through Wednesday night and into Thursday.”
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge added: “This pattern of very unsettled weather will remain right through until the weekend before another deep low arrives on Sunday.
“There will be some quite intense rainfall through the next week and the risk of strong winds in parts of the country.”
But torrential downpours and gale force winds are forecast to smash Britain will into next month, causing chaos for millions across the country.
UK weather forecast: Heavy rain is sweeping in across the country
From September 29 until October 8, the Met Office has warned of “heavy rain and strong winds” in the southwest that will quickly move north and wast across much of the UK, with a “chance that winds will reach gale force on coasts and hills”.
The forecaster added: “The unsettled weather looks set to resume through the first week of October, with further wet and windy weather likely to affect mainly northern and western parts of the UK, with the risk of gales at times.”
For the two-week period from October 9-23, the Met Office warned: “confidence in the forecast is low through this period”.
The middle of next month could see dry weather becoming more widespread, but northern and western parts of the country will continue to be often battered by rain and strong winds.
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The horrific forecast follows a deluge of torrential rain that inflicted travel chaos for millions of people across the country, with some areas drowned in more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours.
On Tuesday, thousands of commuters in London were hit by severe delays after railway lines were flooded and Tube stations closed.
Four stations were forced to close, while a railway line near Liverpool Street station flooded, causing severe delays with thousands of commuters stranded, with shocking footage showing a deluge of water seeping through the roof.
Victoria Station was briefly closed, while St Paul’s station was completely shut for more than 60 minutes during the chaotic rush hour period.
Thousands of commuters were trapped for up to an hour after the torrential rain caused a huge backlog at Farringdon station.
They found themselves trapped outside a narrow pathway after a huge puddle formed on a pedestrian crossing linking busy roads.
Several weather warnings continued to be put in place throughout the day as thunderstorms brought with them 2.7-inches of rain in some areas, leading to mass flooding and chaos for motorists.
UK weather forecast: The AA has issued a warning to motorists during the poor weather
George Flinton, of the AA, warned: “Heavy rain coupled with commuting home in busy traffic can make for some very hazardous driving conditions.
“Road conditions can quickly deteriorate during very heavy rainfall, so drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even or motorways.
“Allow plenty of extra time for your journey and leave twice as much space between you and the car in front to account for greater stopping distances.”