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 predicted 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.
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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.”
Four flood alerts focused around northern and northeastern England and a more severe flood warning in Somerset are in place for Thursday[/caption]
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