UK Weather: Met Office warns of possible stormy conditions
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Heavy downpours, wintry showers and winds of up to 80mph are forecast in the UK on Tuesday. Storm Barra is currently circulating in the Atlantic and is poised to head eastwards over Ireland and the UK tomorrow morning.
The Environment Agency issued 28 flood alerts across the North West, North East, East Anglia, the Midlands, southern and south western parts of England, as of 5pm on Monday.
The Met Office has also activated four weather warnings for snow, rain and wind across the UK on Tuesday.
Storm Barra was formally named by the Met Office on Sunday and comes just over a week after Storm Arwen caused destruction across parts of the north of England and Scotland.
More than one million households were hit with power issues, as 1,600 homes in the North have been without electricity for the past 10 days.
The alert issued by the Environment Agency means “flooding is possible” in the affected areas.
It is feared heavy showers could force rivers to overflow, while strong gales could trigger high tidal waves.
In Bristol, an alert is in place from 9am on Tuesday for the Severn Estuary at Severn Beach.
It says: “A large tidal surge is expected with possible overtopping and onshore flooding as a result of high water levels.”
Further south, an alert warning of 1.5 metre waves has been issued for the South Devon coast from Dawlish Warren to Seaton.
It says: “Flooding is possible throughout Tuesday 7th December. High water on Tuesday at Exmouth is at 09:00, times of high water will vary along the coast.
“Force 7 southerly winds and offshore wave heights of 1.5m are forecast.”
Meanwhile, several places in the Derbyshire area have been put on alert following rising levels in the River Trent.
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The notice says: “River levels remain high but are beginning to fall at the Willington and Shardlow river gauges as a result of heavy rainfall. Flooding continues.
“Areas most at risk are low-lying agricultural land and roads including Willington, Barrow upon Trent, Swarkestone, Bargate Lane, and the access roads to Willington Meadows, the Twyford Village access road, Church Lane at Barrow, and Ingleby Lane.”
The Met Office has two yellow wind warnings in force across the whole of England from 9am tomorrow, with gusts of 60mph expected inland and speeds of 80mph in coastal regions.
The Met Office says: “Storm Barra will lead to windy conditions over western UK early on Tuesday morning will soon spread eastwards across the warning area bringing severe gales to coastal areas, for a time before starting to ease during Tuesday evening.
“South to southeast winds will gust to 70-80 mph at times across exposed coastal areas and widely 50-60 mph inland. The winds, large coastal waves and high tides may lead to some coastal impacts.
“In addition to wind, showers and longer spells of rain will make for unpleasant and difficult travel conditions.”
A yellow wind and rain warning has been issued from 6am on Tuesday to 9am on Wednesday in Northern Ireland, with winds of 75mph and 50mm of rain forecast on higher ground.
Meanwhile, a yellow snow warning is in place from 11am on Tuesday until midnight across northern England and Scotland.
The Met Office expected 5cm of snow to accumulate in most areas and up to 20cm on higher ground.
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