Storm Jorge to smash Britain with 70mph winds and a month of rain

Britain is bracing for yet another weekend of weather misery as Storm Jorge prepares to unleash torrential rain and gale-force winds on the nation.

The UK is facing its fourth weekend washout after the Met Office confirmed Jorge is set to batter the country with 70mph winds and a month's worth of rain.

The government weather service has issued a flurry of yellow weather warnings for huge swathes of Britain on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

It warns a band of heavy rain will sweep the country throughout Friday with Wales, south-west, north and north-west England set to be in the firing line.

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The relentless rain will linger around until Saturday morning, especially affecting the likes of Bath, Plymouth, Swansea, Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester and Carlisle.

The wet weather – which is likely to be heaviest on Friday morning – is likely to spark more flood warnings across the country in areas already hit hard by Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis.

The Met Office is predicting up to 100mm of rain could fall in Wales, with around 40mm in northern England and 30mm in south-west England. The average rainfall for February is 60mm.

The downpours will then make way for gale-force winds on Saturday and Sunday in north, central and southern England – with only the east escaping the worst.

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The Met Office is predicting winds of up to 70mph as large parts of the country continue to recover from the recent floods and any more that could be sparked by this weekend’s bad weather.

Chief Meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named Storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK – we have issued rain warnings for parts of Wales and northern England, where rain will be heaviest and we could see 60-80mm possible over the highest ground.

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“South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.

“Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”

Storm Jorge is a Spanish named storm, and because it has named the storm before the Met Office – with it set to hit Spain hard – that has become the chosen name.

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