Warning for heavy rain set to flood parts of Britain issued – and it may snow

Britain is set to be battered by heavy rain as strong winds sweep in threatening flooding, damage to buildings and travel disruption.

There could even be snow in some parts and motorists are being warned to take care during the adverse conditions rolling in from the Atlantic.

The Met Office has now issued TWO yellow warnings for heavy rain – one for Sunday from 9pm lasting until Monday at 11.59pm.

South-eastern England, the east and London could see rainfall of up to 70mm in places, the forecaster warns, which will move to East Anglia later in the day on Sunday.

"Although there is much uncertainty in these rainfall totals and how far west the heaviest rain will occur, accumulations of 25-40 mm are possible, and 50-70 mm in places during this period," says the forecaster.

But it won’t just be wet, it’ll be windy too across both days as the rain is expected to be accompanied by a strong gale-force northerly wind.

The lethal combination could lead to flooding, damage to buildings and cause dangerous weather conditions due to spray.

Over higher ground, such as the North and South Downs, it will be cold enough for snow. Don’t get the toboggan out though – it is unlikely to settle.

Met Office meteorologist John West said: "Towards the end of the week it is certainly possible that the cold weather will include hail, sleet showers and snow , especially on higher ground.

"The areas most at risk are the Lake District, North Pennines and Scottish Highlands, but we are not expecting a big impact."

The Met Office is warning of potential delays or cancellations to train and bus services on both days, so check before you travel.

Prior to the downpours, Saturday is predicted to be cloudy and cold across central and eastern parts with showery rain.

In the north, west and far south there will be sunny spells and scattered showers with generally light winds.

The warnings come just over a week after the country enjoyed record-breaking April temperatures of up to 29C in a five-day glorious heatwave.

Forecasters had predicted a 10-day heatwave in May for much of the UK thanks to the ‘Beauty from the East’, but unfortunately that now appears unlikely.

For most of the UK, the weather will turn dry and fine from Tuesday but temperatures are expected to stay a little below average.

Those in the south-east should keep brollies at the ready, as some showers are expected.

"It is likely to cloud over from the west during the day, with rain arriving in Northern Ireland later, and reaching the rest of the UK overnight and into Wednesday," warns the forecaster.

Topsy-turvy weather is expected during the first few days of May with brisk winds and rainy spells, before drier, sunnier weather rolls in.

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