Weekend of heavy rain and 65mph winds ahead as Storm Alex batters UK

Storm Alex is set to bring a deluge of heavy rain across southern England and Wales, with two yellow weather warnings in place for the weekend.

Forecasters from the Met Office have warned that rain and winds of up to 65mph will batter the southern coast between the hours of 3am and 8pm on Friday, with flooding in homes and businesses likely.

Storm Alex, named by the French meteorological service, will move across northern France and into the Channel overnight.

The wet weather will then continue on into the weekend, with up to two inches of rain due to fall in 12 to 18 hours.

On Saturday, a yellow warning is in place for western, southern and central England, western Scotland and all of Wales until 6pm on Sunday evening.

There is a ‘small chance’ homes could be flooded, while the amount of rain could cause travel disruptions and road closures.

The Met Office states there is also a slight chance of building damage and powercuts in some areas.

Forecaster Oli Claydon said: ‘Thursday should be bright for large parts of England and Wales, with scattered showers here and there, though Scotland will remain under cloud.

‘But by Friday this will become a lot more unsettled, as low pressure moves in from France along with Storm Alex, bringing with it wet and windy weather, particularly along the south coast.’

He went on: ‘This will start to calm down by around 8pm, though Saturday will remain fairly breezy with downpours continuing throughout the day.’

Parts of London, the south east and south west will see maximum temperatures of around 14C until the weekend.

Large parts of Scotland will remain around the 11C mark, dropping to lows of 6C during the evenings.

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