THE Met Office has issued a heavy rain warning as Storm Barbara batters the UK with severe gales.
The Spanish-named storm will bring fierce weather to both Portugal and Spain over the next two days.
The storm will bring severe gales and rain to the south of England on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, yellow weather warnings are in place for northern parts of the UK today.
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MORNING TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE UK
In the morning, rain will affect England and Wales, heavy in the south.
Patchy rain in Scotland and Northern Ireland but bright spells will affect the Isle of Man and south-east Scotland.
There will be further outbreaks of rain for many in the afternoon. Clear spells may develop in the evening.
FLOOD ALERTS IN PLACE
There are currently four flood alerts in place across the UK – all based in the south of England.
WEATHER FOR WEDNESDAY
A very wet start in some southern areas of Britain, rain slow to clear eastern England. Possible gales in the far southeast. Rain in northwest Scotland. Brighter elsewhere.
There will be showery rain in many western and northern areas of the UK, possibly heavy in some parts.
According to the Met Office there will be drier spells elsewhere before an area of sometimes heavy rain moves into southern areas of England later.
An all-clear has been given after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami warning off the southern coast of Alaska on Monday afternoon.
The earthquake struck roughly 50 miles off the coast of Sand Point – sparking mass evacuations.
The National Weather Service then confirmed the warning, which extended hundreds of miles across the southern coast of the remote US state.
A National Weather Service tweet read: “A tsunami warning is in effect for South Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula due to a 7.4 [sic] magnitude earthquake. No warnings in effect for anywhere else at this time.”
Members of public enjoy walking through a wonderful display of autumnal colours in Windsor Great Park earlier today.
TURBULENT WEEK OF WEATHER AHEAD
Luke Miall, from the Met Office, said: “There's a turbulent week of weather ahead, it is starting to look wetter and windier.
“Unlike last week where the weather has been fairly static, this week will be changeable with the rain having the most impact.”
Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day next week, with some areas seeing 64.4F (18C) temperatures.
A Met Office added “Winter is set to arrive early this year and with temperatures falling fast over the next few days, the odds have been slashed on this month ending as the coldest October on record.'
TODAY'S FLOODS, IN PICS
Heavy flooding battered some parts of the UK this afternoon.
Cork was particularly affected with the town center of Carrigaline flooding.
Shops including pubs and hair salons flooded along Oliver Plunkett street and Winthrop streets as store owners were forced to bail water out of their premises.
Major diversions were also in place for Crosshaven road.
FLOODING BEGINS AHEAD OF STORM BARBARA
Sandbags were at the ready in front of homes to flooding as Storm Barbara began sweeping in to batter Britain today.
The full fury of Babs is set to hit tomorrow but big waves are already beginning to pound beaches.
Flood warnings were issued for Cornwall this morning as people living in low-lying coastal areas were urged to take 'immediate action' because of the risk of being swamped.
Red alerts have been issued from Lands End to Lizard Point and round the coast to Fowey.
The Environment Agency has warned “Flooding is expected – immediate action required.”
Mousehole, Porthleven and the Penzance area are among those named as being particularly at risk.
The agency said “People are advised to avoid low lying and exposed coastal areas.”
Other locations warned they are particularly at risk include Newlyn, Penzance Promenade, Chyandour and Long Rock.
Further up the coast at risk are Mevagissey, Portmellon, Gorran Haven and St Mawes.
STORM BARBARA TO WRECK HAVOC
Storm Barbara is expected unleash up to 2in (50mm) of rain in just three hours tomorrow.
She will also batter the nation with 45mph gusts as she moves through Europe before punishing the UK with her tail-end.
The South East and central England are expected to be hardest hit.
The Met Office said it was “carefully monitoring” Babs and issued a yellow rain warning amid fears she may spark localised flooding.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon said: “Heavy rain will move north during the early hours of the morning and persist through the peak morning travel period, before clearing northeastwards.
“As much as 2in (50 mm) could fall in a few locations.
“With much of this falling in a short period, around three to six hours, some surface-water flooding is likely in places, leading to disruption to travel.
“The rain may be accompanied by gales across parts of south east England, perhaps most likely towards the Kent and Sussex coasts.”
But Babs will be relatively short-lived and is expected to fizzle out by tomorrow night.
MET OFFICE: 'A WINDY DAY'
It's a windy day
But it's not just about the strength…..
the direction of the wind makes a big difference
Southerly winds are making it one of the mildest days this October for many
But north easterlies are bringing a real chill to northern Scotland pic.twitter.com/eFvoxHzGDq
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 20, 2020
Heading out this afternoon?
It's windy but mild – one of the mildest days this October….
although it won't feel very mild in the rain in parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland pic.twitter.com/PFEp6jKr9r
— Met Office (@metoffice) October 20, 2020
MILDEST DAY THIS OCTOBER
It's likely to be a windy but mild afternoon today, the Met Office reports.
It's windy but mild – one of the mildest days this October.
However, it may not feel very mild in the rain in parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.
YELLOW RAIN WARNING ISSUED
Between 30 and 50mm of rain is expected to fall across the UK tomorrow.
Heavy rain could cause disruption on the roads with surface water and spray on roads and flooding possible.
TODAY'S WEATHER, IN PICS
The ruins of Lowther Castle near Askham were surrounded by Autumnal colour this morning in Cumbria.
Waves also crashed up against the coastline at high tide in Porthleven, Cornwall, west England.
1-5 FOR THIS MONTH TO BE WETTEST OCTOBER
This month is firmly odds on, at 1-5 with bookmaker Coral, to be the wettest October since records began as the UK prepares for a week of heavy rain and strong winds.
“With the wettest day in history having already come this month, this latest blitz of heavy rain looks set to condemn October 2020 into the record books as the wettest ever,” said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.
TONIGHT'S WEATHER FORECAST
Tuesday night will see a mostly dry evening with late bright spells and scattered showers across Wales and western England may be locally heavy before turning increasingly light and patchy.
Overnight, rain will continue across Scotland and will be locally heavy at times.
Rain will spread into southern Britain by dawn.
SCOTLAND RECORDS 50MM RAIN OVERNIGHT
It has been especially wet in western Scotland, the Met Office reports.
Tiree, Achnagart, Harris-Quidnish and Tyndrum all recorded more than 50mm of rain since yesterday morning.
A grey and windy day has also turned out a carpet of Autumnal colour.
Trees are now displaying their best and most vibrant seasonal hues.
Shoppers were seen walking among the Autumn leaves in Southampton's shopping precinct and Edinburgh is framed by trees.
There are four flood warnings and 27 flood alerts throughout England today.
RAIN TO HIT SCOTLAND
RAIN will move north across Scotland this morning.
It will be drier in the south of the country with some sunny spells and showers in the west.
A flood warning is in place for Wye Estuary at Brockweir with flooding expected to properties, roads and farmland.
A YELLOW weather warning is in place for northern Scotland from today.
The warning for rain covers the north of the country.
There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be damaged by flooding.