UK weather Torrential downpours and ‘dangerous’ flooding tipped to hit Britain

Torrential downpours are expected to bring widespread flooding to Britain this weekend.

Large waves, heavy rain, strong gales and potential river flooding are expected to batter the west coast of England, Wales and parts of  Scotland from Thursday.

The horrendous weather could cause damage to homes and businesses, according to the Met Office.

There is also expected to be travel cancellations and power cuts.

A yellow “be aware” rain warning has been put in place in affected areas.

The Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told PA Media: “On Thursday and Friday, a band of low pressure will start to sweep in from the north-west, and will affect areas from Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

"There is likely to be incredibly heavy wind and rain in these regions, with gales of 50-60mph in exposed areas, perhaps leading to waves of around 10-11 metres. Around 40mm of rain could fall each day in some parts.”

Mild average October temperatures are expected across much of the UK.

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But the mountainous regions of Wales and Cumbria are expected to be drenched by up to 150mm of rain within two days.

On Wednesday Hurricane Epsilon caused waves to whip up to 10 and 15 metres hight in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland, The Guardian reports.

Londoners are also expected to be drenched in one of the wettest month for more than 150 years.

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The capital had 139mm of rain fall up to 25 October, compared with the full month’s average of 78mm – making it the ninth rainiest month in London since 1862.

Petagna said: “It could be the case that the next few days of rain could make this one of the wettest Octobers London has had.”

People in Britain have also been warned life-threatening floods could impact certain regions over the weekend, as more rain falls on the already saturated ground.

The unusual amount of rain is the result of low pressure moving in from across Atlantic.

Petagna added that "people should be very careful over the weekend", as more rain will fall, "increasing the chance of river and road flooding".

They added: "Weather like this can be very dangerous" and can "pose a risk to those out and about, especially on the roads".

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