Are You Getting The BBQ Out Before The Rain And Gales Hit!
BRITAIN faces a week of torrential rain and 80mph gales as a series of storms roll in from the Atlantic.
Up to 5ins of rain – almost two months’ worth – could lead to flooding, particularly in the South.
The warning of more weather chaos comes as the country emerges from one of the coldest spring spells on record.
Temperatures could hit 70F (21C) tomorrow but most of the UK is in for heavy downpours with coastal regions at risk of potentially destructive gusts.
The South, worst hit by flooding at the end of last year, is once again likely to get the heaviest and most persistent rain as low pressure brings wet air in from the Atlantic.
The Environment Agency has 12 flood alerts in place across the South-east and East Anglia. Rivers and groundwater levels are still high from persistent rain during the winter and further heavy downpours are likely to trigger flash flooding.
However, the wet and windy weather is set to bring much higher temperatures than of late with even the chance of some much-needed sunshine tomorrow.
The best of the summer-like warmth will be felt in the South, although most of the country can expect highs in the 60Fs.
The Met Office said tomorrow is likely to see the hottest temperatures of the year so far although it will turn “changeable” next week. Forecaster Helen Chivers said: “Sunday is certainly going to be warm especially in the South-east and East Anglia.
“Next week it is going to be changeable and there is going to be some wind and rain about.
Sunday’s burst of warm weather is expected to entice many to break out the barbecues for the first time this year. Supermarkets have stocked up on barbecue equipment, sausages and burgers to cash in on the brief burst of sunshine.
Asda spokesman Chris Carden said: “We have waited a long time for some sun so it is no surprise shoppers are looking to make the most of the hottest weekend of the year so far. We expect to smell sizzling meat up and down the country.”
“So have you got the BBQ out for tomorrow, it could be your first and last chance”, says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.