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Weather forecast today – Storm Barbara to clear before UK is lashed by torrential rain and strong winds at weekend

THE STORM that brought with it 65mph gales and flash flooding across the UK is set the clear on Thursday.

After the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning on Wednesday, stormy conditions are set to calm and rain slowly clear.

Dry sunny spells will be short lived though, with spreading south-eastwards on Friday.

The weekend will then see more heavy rain and bustling winds.

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  • MORE RAIN EXPECTED THURSDAY

    Brits have been reminded to keep umbrella handy in the north tomorrow morning.

    More rain is expected Thursday, especially across northeast Scotland – while further south it will be a much drier start.

    The Met Office have said conditions will certainly “be drier across the south compared to Wednesday.”

    Further north will see a good deal of cloud and some outbreaks of rain.

  • STORM BARBARA

    Storm Barbara was named by Spanish meteorologists.

    The storm is expected to unleash torrential downpours and gales on Britain, as it sweeps in from Spain and Portugal.

    Some areas could see the equivalent of four to six weeks' worth of rain in just a few days.

    The UK can expect unsettled weather for the rest of the week once the wind and rain clears off into the North Sea.

  • YELLOW WEATHER WARNING ISSUED

    A yellow weather warning has been issued for severe gales across southern England, particularly along the Kent and Sussex coastline.

    The Met Office confirmed that gusts of 55mph were recorded at Langdon Bay, Kent, at midday today.

    Gales of 45-55mph are expected inland and potentially could reach highs of 65mph on the coast.

    The Met Office warned earlier this morning that gales could be strong across “exposed coastal locations” and through the Dover Strait.

    Delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and some coastal communities could be affected by spray and large waves.

    At Lands End airport, Skybus flights from the Isle of Scilly were put on hold this morning due to poor visibility while aircraft at Leeds/Bradford airport were pictured struggling to land.

    Flood alerts have been issued in Loughborough and along the Cornish coastline.

  • STORM BARBARA LASHES UK

    Weather warnings have been issued as Storm Barbara lashes the country with heavy rain and severe gales that could reach up to 65mph.

    A yellow warning of heavy rain was issued by the Met Office today across most parts of southern England, with forecasters warning that the wet weather could bring flash floods.

    The Met Office warned that between 10 and 15 mm of rain would fall, with as much as 30-50mm in some locations between three and six hours.

    As a result, surface water is likely in places, leading to potential disruption to travel and flash flooding.

  • BRITS WARNED TO REMAIN 'WEATHER AWARE'

    Brollies will be needed across the country this afternoon as the rain continues to fall.

    Many places across the UK will remain soaked, especially across Southern England and Northeast Scotland.

    The Met Office warned of “blustery conditions”especially in the Southeast of England where there is a risk of gales.

    Writing on Twitter, they warned Brits to remain “weather aware”.

  • FLOODED ROADS AS STORM BARBARA IMPACTS UK

    Roads across the country have been left flooded as Storm Barbara impacts the UK.

    Cars are seen balling through the water after heavy downpour on Wednesday.

  • RIDE THE STORM

    Although there is currently a weather warning across the country, some people decided to brave the storm to get into the sea.

    Two surfers and a bodyboarder are seen riding the wave despite the storm.

  • RAINBOW IN THE STORM

    A RAINBOW was seen formed over boats in The Kench on Hayling Island in Hampshire after as the Storm Barbara rips through the country.

    Heavy rain and winds have been recorded in parts of the UK.

  • STORMY DELAYS

    DRIVERS across the country are feeling the effects of Storm Barbara.

    Not only do they have to battle flooded roads and horrible conditions, they have also been subjected to severe delays .

    With multiple accidents and traffic jams reported across Essex, drivers have faced several problems on the M25.

  • WETTEST ACROSS THE SOUTH

  • MIND THE PUDDLE, PLEASE

    With most of the UK soaking wet as a result of Storm Barbara, several members of the public have had to avoid stepping in huge puddles..

  • SOUTHERN ENGLAND: YELLOW WEATHER WARNINGS FOR RAIN AND WIND

    Yellow weather warnings for rain and wind are in place for parts of southern England today.

    Bus and train services are likely to be hit by downpours in affected areas, the Met Office warned.

    And flooding of homes and businesses is possible.

    Strong southwesterly winds are also set to pummel parts of the south coast.

  • BRITS SPEND 120 DAYS OF THEIR LIVES MOANING ABOUT THE WEATHER – STUDY

    A nationwide study of 6,500 Brits, asked how often they nattered about the rain and shine, found that the average Briton complains bout the weather for an average of 42-minutes every week.

    Over the course of the year, that works out at 2,184 minutes we spend griping about the weather – that’s 36hrs and 24 mins.

    And over the course of an average lifetime of 81 years, that works out at 176,904 minutes – a whopping 123 DAYS.

    The biggest weather whingers were those from Bristol, spending an average of 78 minutes-a-week griping about it, that’s a whopping 228 days in their lifetimes.

    The least likely to moan about the weather were folk from sunny Brighton, complaining for just nine minutes a week, on average – that’s just 26 days over the course of an average lifetime.

  • DRIVERS BRAVE THE STORM

    Drivers are braving perilous weather conditions as several parts of the country battles heavy rain fall.

    A motorist drives through a flooded road at Crockernhill, Kent this morning.

  • MANY PLACES TO REMAIN WET – MET OFFICE

  • MOTORISTS FACE HORRENDOUS CONDITIONS

    Motorists on the A14 motorway near Cambridge had to go through horrendous weather conditions this morning as Storm Barbara continues to batter Britain.

    There were heavy rain and strong wings as drivers commuted to work on the busy road.

  • STORM BARBARA HITS UK

    PLANES are barely visible though the thick fog at Leeds Bradford airport in Yorkshire as Storm Barbara continues to rip through the UK.

    There have been warnings of severe transport delays including at airports as parts of the country sees heavy rainfall.

  • YELLOW WARNING IN PLACE IN PARTS OF UK UNTIL 2PM

  • DRIVING THROUGH THE STORM

    Cars are seen making their way along the M3 motorway near Popham in Hampshire.

    Weather warning have been issued as heavy rain batters parts of the UK as a result of Storm Barbara.

  • SNOW LIKELY AS BRITAIN SET FOR PLUNGE IN TEMPERATURES

    AS COLD winds come in from Canada, Britain is set to see a plunge in temperatures by the end of the month.

    The freezing weather will begin on October 26 and is set to last for a week, according to the BBC.

    Parts of the northern areas could also experience snowfall.

    According to forecasters: “The cold air over Canada will contrast with the much warmer than average sea surface temperatures off the east coast of Canada and over the north-west Atlantic

    “Strong horizontal contrasts in temperature here give the jet stream above some added strength.”

  • DULL AND WET MORNING FOR CAPITAL

    LONDON, like most of the country is expected to be hit with rain with the Met Office saying the capital will see “a dull and wet morning with persistent and occasionally heavy rain”.

    The rain is expected to clear to the east in the afternoon, making way for brighter skies.

    The improvement of weather, however will also bring with it a risk of isolated showers.

  • DELAYS EXPECTED AS BRITAIN FEELS EFFECTS OF STORM BARBARA

    DELAYS to road, rail, air and ferry transport are to be expected as Britain feels the effects of Storm Barbara.

    BBC weather warns that delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes are also likely.

    Bus and train services in certain parts are also probably affected.

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