Weather forecast today – FLOOD alerts across UK with 'rollercoaster' week of rain, wind and plunging temperatures ahead

FLOOD warnings are in place for parts of the UK this week as Britain is set to be battered by rain, wind and plunging temperatures.

Tom Morgan, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: "It's going to be a bit of a rollercoaster next week with a spell of unsettled weather on the way.

"It will be fairly mild on Monday to Wednesday, especially in the southern regions, and will be a lot brighter and drier than what we've seen across the weekend, though rain will still come and go.

"It's a different story for the rest of the UK, which will be considerably colder and wetter, with up to 150mm of rainfall expected in mountainous regions of Northern Ireland, Scotland and northern England."

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    A flood warning has been issued across Essex where high tides are set to batter the coast.

    West Mersea Coastguard and Rescue Team issued the warning yesterday in order to give plenty of time to residents in the local area.

    The warning will remain in place from 11.15am until 1.45pm today.

    It's possible that The Strood at Mersea Island, Coast Road, and car parks on the front at West Mersea, and the Hythe Promenade at Maldon may be flooded.

    Winds could reach Force 6 – meaning gusts of 25-31mph are likely.

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    The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain across parts of Scotland.

    The warning will come into effect at midnight on Tuesday, and will remain in place until 3pm on Wednesday November 18.

    Rain is forecast in the Central, Tayside and Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, and parts of Strathclyde including Argyll and Bute.

    The heaviest rainfall is likely to be seen over higher ground with up to 150mm possible in a few locations.

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    Parts of Britain could see a dusting of snow as an 800-mile wide “polar pulse” could bring a five-day chill from Thursday.

    Even the south of England could be threatened by snow and ice next week.

    So far, snow has only fallen in parts of Scotland and North Yorkshire earlier in the autumn.

    BBC forecaster Louise Lear warned on Saturday that winter showers are likely to leave high grounds covered in snow in the coming weeks.

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    The Environment Agency has urged motorists not to drive through flood water.

    As this week is Road Safety Week, the agency encouraged drivers to check their route before making journeys.

    Shocking stats reveal that just one egg-cupful of water sucked into your engine will wreck it, while the number one cause of death during flooding is driving through flood water.

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    Flood warnings are in place across Britain as the country braces itself for a period of a “rollercoaster” weather over the coming days.

    Warnings are in place particularly in coastal communities in the north-east of England, Humberside, Essex, and Somerset where there is a risk of waves and spray as a result of high tides.

    A warning is in place at the Mersey Estuary at Arpley Bridge, Warrington where the tide is expected to be higher than usual.

    There are 24 warnings in place across Britain which are signposted with a red triangle.

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    High tides, gale force winds, and massive waves battered the Welsh seaside resort of Aberystwyth last night.

    Today is likely to be a grim day with strong winds and heavy rain forecast for much of the day.

    Over 40mph winds are expected from 1pm onwards and there is a 98 per cent chance of rain expected at 5pm this evening.

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    The north-west of England is expected to be battered by heavy rain and strong coastal winds this week.

    Some light showers are expected this morning but skies should clear – allowing for some sustained sunnier spells for many.

    But, the pleasant weather won't last as thicker cloud is expected to return this evening and downpours are likely.

    It's likely to be windy around the coast but relatively mild as temperatures could reach between 12-13C.

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    It will be a mild but rather breezy day in London today.

    Monday will start off cloudy but it will be largely dry, with wind easing and sunshine developing.

    Temperatures in the capital will hover around 12C.

    Sunshine will turn hazy as we head into the afternoon, perhaps bringing some rain in the far west later today.

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    The Met Office added: ” Rain persisting over hills and mountains from north Wales northwards, particularly over northwest Scotland where some large totals building up.

    “Some brightness possible in eastern parts. Breezy and very mild.”

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    The Met Office said: ” Some showery rain in the far north but otherwise dry for many with some brighter spells, mainly in the east and northeast.

    “Rain arriving into the west during the afternoon.”

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    A show source said: “We knew it could be wet, but hadn’t really planned for anything like this.

    “The crew don’t even want to leave their cabins. It’s completely bleak and we’re having to step up our contingency plans.

    “Now, if things start to become too much to cope with, there is a place off camera where they can temporarily move the celebrities if filming just becomes impossible.

    “The first week is forecast to be absolutely bleak so it wouldn’t be surprising if they need to put some of these plans in place.

    “It’s already clear the canopy over the camp is going to struggle to keep the elements out, and a lot of the trials and other parts of the show are due to be shot outside anyway so the campmates are going to get completely soaked.

    “They’ve been given seriously heavy-duty clothing and waterproofs, but there is no desire for any of them to get sick so no major risks will be taken. If needed they will be temporarily taken out of camp to dry off and shelter. It has already been enough of a challenge to get to this point this year, we don’t need any more challenges.”

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    I'm A Celebrity bosses are making emergency plans as storms threaten to plunge the show into chaos — with tearful campmates also turning on the waterworks.

    Producers had prepared for poor Welsh weather in November but were last night battling conditions “far worse than anticipated”.

    The camp at Gwrych Castle is already being battered by driving rain and 50mph winds — with more forecast later this week.

    A temporary canopy erected over the main site proved to be insufficient as filming began.

    Further back-up plans hurriedly drawn up include a separate place to relocate the celebrities if the weather gets too intense.

    The ITV hit, moved from Australia amid the Covid crisis, returned to our screens last night, with actress Jessica Plummer, 28, in floods of tears already

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    The Met Office gives the following prediction for Wednesday, November 18 to Friday, November 27:

    Wednesday: outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, for the North and the northwestern parts. Mild.

    Rest of week: unsettled conditions continue with spells of rain followed by brighter, showery interludes.

    Late November: more settled conditions in central and southeastern areas where it will be mainly dry and sometimes bright. Risk of overnight frosts.

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