UK weather: Flood warnings and alerts issued for parts of Britain as heavy rain hits

Flood warnings and alerts have been issued for parts of the country as heavy rain is set to batter Britain.

There are 14 flood warnings in place in England – where flooding is expected and immediate action is required.

Areas of the South Cornwall coast and the South Devon coast are among the places warned.

Meanwhile 69 flood alerts have been put in place, where flooding is also possible.

These include for the east coast of Dorset, Christchurch harbour, Kempsey in Worcestershire and the River Arrow in Herefordshire.

Heavy rain is expected to hit the UK from today until Saturday.

Met Office forecaster Alex Deakin said: “The winds are going to strengthen [on Wednesday] and could be really quite lively.

“Coupled with some big tides, it could bring some coastal issues with potential for coastal flooding in the far south west of England and the east coast of Northern Ireland.

“There will be gusts of 50 to 60 mph and problems for high sided vehicles.

“Wet and windy weather swings its way into Scotland and Northern Ireland and right across Wales for much of Wednesday too.

“Most of the east of England won’t see that rain until Wednesday night.

“It’s going to be blustery and gusty making it feel cooler than temperatures would suggest.”

MET OFFICE OUTLOOK
Today:
A band of rain in the west, heavy at times, moving slowly eastwards across all parts. Brighter skies following to western areas but with occasional showers. Windy, with gales in the west and then later the northeast. Mild.

Tonight:
Rain clearing eastern areas then dry here with clear spells. Further showers or longer spells of rain affecting western and northwestern parts. Winds steadily easing.

Thursday:
Sunny spells and showers, the showers mostly in the north and west. Turning cloudy and windy in the west with rain arriving later. Remaining mild.

Outlook for Friday to Sunday:
Unsettled across many western areas with heavy rain on Friday and then showers over the weekend. Generally drier and often brighter across eastern parts.