A FRESH batch of severe thunderstorms will bring another soaking to flood-alert Britain today, the Met Office says.
Heavy rain and gales exceeding 40mph are in store across nearly the whole of the UK as the latest bout of bad weather moves in.
Thankfully, fewer flood alerts – just four – have been issued today compared to earlier in the week.
They affect northern and northeastern England – while a more severe flood warning is in place in Somerset.
But Met Office weather maps also show scrawly and intense showers sweeping in from the south and west.
These severe spells of rainfall will mainly affect Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and central and southwest England.
But sudden thundery downpours and thick black cloud will threaten all parts of the UK for the whole day.
Severe gales topping 40mph will also be a big factor in the weather today – especially across northern and northwestern areas.
The Met Office said of Thursday's conditions: "A good deal of dry and bright weather in the east, but cloudier in the west with some showers.
"More widespread areas of rain pushing across mainly western parts during the day. Windy."
It added for tonight: "Rain and showers affecting the UK, mainly western and southern parts with eastern areas seeing the best of the drier weather.
"Windy, perhaps with gales on west and south coasts."
Friday will see yet more showers and strong gales in store for many – as a fresh wave of low air pressure hangs over the UK.
Wales and parts of northern England will bear the brunt of the heavy rain.
And fierce winds will rip through western parts and along the south coast, the Met Office said.
SPONSORED CONTENT: How to save £219 a year off your energy bills
BEAT energy price rises year after year with Switchcraft. It's free and it could save you an average of £219 a year.
- Sign up, easily compare tariffs and switch
- Once you sign up, Switchcraft will automatically find you a cheaper deal when a better tariff comes up, saving you time, hassle and money.
- It takes just 3 minutes. That's it!
- Get £5 cashback and never worry about switching again
- Click here to get saving!
News UK has a brand partnership with Switchcraft. The £5 will be paid into your bank account within four months of completing the switch. Prepayment meter customer customers will receive a £5 Amazon voucher. Open to those 18 and over. UK residents only. Click here for full T&Cs.
Its forecast reads: "Wet for many, particularly Wales and parts of northern England.
"Eastern Scotland and the far northeast of England most sheltered.
"Windy with gales for west and perhaps south coasts."
Click here for the latest weather forecast update.
Source: Read Full Article