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Dozens of flood alerts as heavy rain causes chaos for commuters across UK

Almost 60 flood warnings or alerts are in place as heavy rain causes problems for commuters – and further downpours are on the way.

Torrential rain will affect many areas during Wednesday morning’s rush hour, the Met Office has warned.

Drivers have been told to watch out for spray on the roads and localised flooding.

A yellow warning for heavy rain remains in place for southwest England and South Wales, where more than  two inches was possible in places along with strong winds.

The Met Office said 45.4mm (1.8ins) fell at Libanus in Brecon Beacons National Park, while 40.8mm (1.6ins) was recorded at Parkend in the Royal Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

The warning is due to expire at 9am, but further spells of heavy and thundery showers are expected later across England and Wales, increasing fears of flooding to homes, businesses and roads.

In England, four flood warnings and 49 alerts were in place on Wednesday morning.

Wales had issued five flood alerts – one in the north and four in the southwest.

On Wednesday, rain and hill snow will spread northwest across Scotland and outbreaks of heavy rain will hit Northern Ireland, the Met Office said.

Temperatures will be mild in many places, hitting 10-11C.

In the evening, rain and hill snow will continue to fall across Scotland, and showers are expected across Northern Ireland, north Wales and northern England.

There will be clear spells and isolated showers elsewhere.

Thursday will be another wet and windy day, with longer spells of rain in the north.

Coastal gales will hit the northeast.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern told the Express “significant hill snow” is expected Wednesday and Thursday.

Friday will get off to a frosty start with more rain in the afternoon.

The unsettled conditions will continue into the weekend with hill snow possible in the north, the Met Office said.

Gales are possible Saturday and Sunday, along with further spells of rain.

Next week will bring more rain and snow, according to the extended forecast.

The Met Office said there will be frequent showers or longer spells of rain, and further gales likely in the north and west.

In the south, temperatures will stay around average, but it will probably be “rather cold” in the north.

There is a chance hill snow could spread to lower levels at times.

Met Office five-day weather forecast

Wednesday

Early rain across England and Wales soon clears but will be quickly followed by heavy and locally thundery showers.

Rain and hill snow spread northwards across Scotland while outbreaks of rain linger across parts of Northern Ireland.

Mild for many.

Wednesday night

Outbreaks of rain and hill snow persisting across Scotland.

Showers and some longer spells of rain across Northern Ireland, north Wales and northern England.

Clear spells and isolated showers elsewhere.

Thursday

Showers and longer spells of rain in the north at first slowly clear leaving isolated showers.

Sunny spells and showers elsewhere.

Becoming windy, with risk of coastal gales in northeast.

Friday to Sunday

A frosty start Friday with some sunshine before rain arrives for the afternoon.

Unsettled this weekend with hill snow possible in the north. Windy, with gales possible Saturday and Sunday.

What is expected next week?

Here is the Met Office’s outlook for Sunday, March 10 to Tuesday, March 19: “Showers or longer spells of rain are likely on Sunday but also brighter interludes.

“It will be windy everywhere, with a widespread risk of gales, perhaps severe on coasts and hills.

“The north will be cold enough for some snow on hills.

“Next week will stay rather wet and windy with frequent showers or longer spells of rain and a few brighter intervals.

“Further gales are likely, probably in the north and west.

“Temperatures in the south are expected to stay around average for the time of year but it will probably be rather cold in the north.

“Snow on hills may spread to lower levels at times in the north.

“More settled weather may develop in the south and east at the start of the following week.”

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