UK weather: Met Office issues heavy rain warning with 50mph gales to washout weekend

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The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of the UK, with heavy rain and 50mph gales forecast to batter Britain.

The weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of southern England on Sunday, including Portsmouth, London, Brighton and Canterbury.

It follows a washout Saturday which has seen heavy rain and strong gales batter most parts of the UK.

The Met Office said: "A further spell of rain, some of it heavy, is expected on Sunday morning. This will bring rainfall totals of 10 to 20 mm quite widely with some locations seeing as much as 30 to 35 mm.

"As much of this rain is expected to fall within a few hours localised flooding of a few properties and roads is likely to result, the latter along with spray may lead to longer journey times."

The yellow weather warnign for rain has been issued for parts of southern England
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The areas affected by the weather warning are Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, London, Hampshire, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Surrey, West Sussex and Windsor and Maidenhead.

The yellow weather warning is in place from 5am to 10am on Sunday.

As a result of the heavy rain, spray and flooding on roads is expected, according to the Met Office.

Flooding of homes and businesses is also likely, while bus and train services are expected to be affected, with journey times taking longer.

Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast in most areas of the UK
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Saturday morning was generally cloudy with outbreaks of rain, with some southern and western areas of the UK experiencing heavy downpours.

Scotland and Northern Ireland has been mostly cloudy with some rain.

Later in the day it will turn brighter in the West, according to the Met Office, but windy conditions with some heavy showers are expected.

As we head into the afternoon, most of the UK will be wet with heavy showers.

Temperatures are expected to be in single figures across the North and in the low teens in the South.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: "It's not going to rain everywhere all weekend.

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"Particularly over eastern England there will be some clear spells, with much of south-eastern England having a dry Saturday morning.

"Northern Scotland will also be dry for most of Saturday, we could also see some sunny spells here."

Later today, the rain might clear from Wales and the region could experience some sunny spells, Mr Deakin said.

He added: "Otherwise, it's pretty cloudy, with rain on and off."

On Saturday evening the band of heavy rain swings across eastern parts of England, with the rain setting in across parts of Scotland, according to the forecaster.

Bands of rain or showers will affect most areas of the UK on Sunday too. The south is set to be windy, with gales across south-western England.

Rain is forecast to fall early next week in the west and northwest, otherwise it's expected to be mainly cloudy with best breaks in the east and south east. It will remain windy and mild throughout.

Mr Deakin warned that because of the heavy downpours, there are very heavy tides at the moment which could pose a risk of flooding – although the risk is minor at the moment.

The Environment Agency has released some guidelines to help those who live in a flood risk area. These include using a postcode checker to evaluate your risk and looking out for flood warnings.

Residents are also encouraged to prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents in case they need to leave their house.

In case of immediate danger, the Environment Agency urges people to call 999.