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Bank Holiday washout: Brits face travel chaos today with more than 30 flood warnings in place – before a wet and windy New Year’s Eve

  • Rain to hit areas in the UK today as ice warnings remain in place for north
  • Environment agency has issued more than 30 flood alerts due to rain 
  • Commuters warned journey times may be longer due to spray and flooding 

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Heavy rain and flooding could cause travel chaos as Brits return home and get back to the commute after Christmas. 

The Met Office has warned travel will likely be hampered by the rain, which will move north-east throughout the day, while the Environment Agency has issued 33 flood alerts.

Forecasters have painted a similarly dismal picture for the weekend, with New Year’s Eve celebrations across the UK set to be dampened by wind and gales. 

There are warnings for ice, heavy rain and potential flooding across parts of UK today (People in the rain in London this morning)

There are warnings for ice, heavy rain and potential flooding across parts of UK today (People in the rain in London this morning)

A lorry goes through a flooded road in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, earlier this morning

A lorry goes through a flooded road in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, earlier this morning

Huge waves batter the sea wall in Lyme Regis, Dorset, as strong winds and wet weather sweep across the south coast today

Huge waves batter the sea wall in Lyme Regis, Dorset, as strong winds and wet weather sweep across the south coast today

The Environment agency issued more than 30 flood alerts this morning due to forecasted rain

The Environment agency issued more than 30 flood alerts this morning due to forecasted rain

The Met Office's forecast shows milder temperatures but areas affected by heavy rain

The Met Office’s forecast shows milder temperatures but areas affected by heavy rain

Flooded fields by the River Parrett at Somerset Levels near Bridgwater earlier today

Flooded fields by the River Parrett at Somerset Levels near Bridgwater earlier today

Homeowners and businesses have also been told to expect some flooding, with some disruption to power supplies and other services also likely.

In Scotland there is a yellow weather warning for ice until 10am and there is a yellow warning for rain in south Wales and south west England. 

Commuters headed back to work after a Christmas break have been warned that journey times will be longer due to spray and flooding on roads, according to the Met Office.

Temperatures are set to be mild in England and Wales today with highs of 12C, and possibly 7C in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Later tonight, the Met Office is predicting windy and blustery showers, some heavy, and frequent in the northwest.

Tomorrow the weather is set to be colder and windy with sunshine and showers, some heavy in the north and west with a risk of hail and thunder.

‘We’re looking at the potential of being 40-60 millimetres of rainfall in nine to 12 hours before the rain clears away in the afternoon,’ said Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers.

Later tonight, the Met Office is predicting windy and blustery showers, some heavy, and frequent in the northwest

Later tonight, the Met Office is predicting windy and blustery showers, some heavy, and frequent in the northwest

People in the rain around Paddington Station this morning as rain and wet weather hits London

People in the rain around Paddington Station this morning as rain and wet weather hits London

There are more than 30 flood alerts in place across England and Wales today

There are more than 30 flood alerts in place across England and Wales today

New Year’s Eve celebrations across the UK are set to be dampened by wind, rain and difficult driving conditions.

England and Wales in particular are forecast to be hit by heavy showers and persistent gusts at the end of the year.

Though temperatures are expected to stay relatively mild in the post-Christmas period, following a cold snap earlier this month.

The Met Office said winds could reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour on Saturday, December 31.

Source: Daily Mail UK

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