Met Office heavy rain warning and flood alerts as 50mph winds forecast

Brits are braced for wet weather today as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning.

The UK forecaster has issued a weather warning for parts of the country where heavy rain is expected, with areas on flood alert and 50mph winds set to batter Britain.

Those stepping out have been warned to expect spray and flooding on roads which threaten to make driving conditions treacherous and journey times longer.

The warning has been issued for parts of Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire.

The rain warning is in place from 12pm today until midnight.

According to forecasters, wind speeds will reach 50mph in the far north.

There is the potential for flooding of roads and homes.

While the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued three flood alerts for today in Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway, and West Central Scotland.

The Met Office said "Cloud and outbreaks of rain across western parts moving eastwards, some heavy bursts in places. Southern and eastern areas staying dry until evening with some sunshine, though cloud increasing. Windy in the north and west with coastal gales."

BBC forecaster Ben Rich said we'll see "outbreaks of pretty heavy rain" and some "fairly brisk winds", with satellites showing a blanket of "rain bearing cloud" moving in.

"Mixed in with this wet weather, there will be some pretty heavy bursts – there could even be some localised flooding across parts of southwest Scotland," he added.

Western Scotland and Northern Ireland have already seen downpours overnight and it will move across the country "quite erratically and quite sporadic", according to the meteorologist.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “As we go through into Wednesday there will be some rain which starts to develop in north western parts of England and southwestern parts of Scotland, so Cumbria and the southwestern Scotland area.

"Some fairly persistent rain moving through as we get a front moving in from the west."

Mr Claydon added there would be "some potentially reasonable rainfall volumes" for areas which have already seen a lot of rain, so it will be "falling on saturated ground."

The Met Office warned up to 60mm (approx. 2.5 inches) of rain could fall over some areas within the warning zone.

The warning states: "A spell of heavy rain will affect southwest Scotland on Wednesday afternoon and evening.

"15-30mm is likely quite widely with as much as 40-60mm in a few places, mainly hilly parts of Dumfries and Galloway. Drier conditions will return on Wednesday night."

Met Office Meteorologist, Aidan McGivern, said: “Certainly on the west on Wednesday a wet day to come.

“[It will be] drier further east with the rain arriving here after dark.”

And the day ahead is looking damp and rainy for extensive regions across the UK.

He added: “Heading into Wednesday, high pressure slightly edging away, losing its grip – low pressure moving in.

“Weather fronts arriving, bringing that wet weather.

“And there will be some heavy rain throughout Wednesday in western parts of Britain.

The heavy rainfall is forecast to continue into the weekend, with the best of the weather expected in the south.

The Met Office said: “The showers are most likely across northern and western parts whilst southern areas should see the best of any dry weather.

“Drier conditions are likely to develop across much of the country into the following week allowing for some sunshine at times.”

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