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Flood warnings issued ahead of ‘turbulent week’ of heavy rain and winds



Heavy wind and rain is set to hit parts of the UK over the next few days, with a “turbulent” week of weather ahead.

The Met Office has issued yellow rain warnings across western parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland on both Monday and Tuesday, meaning those areas could see flooding.

Winds of 40mph are expected over the Irish sea, while up to 60mm (2.4 inches) of rain could fall, rising to 80mm (three inches) in mountainous areas.

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Luke Miall, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “There’s a turbulent week of weather ahead, it is starting to look wetter and windier.

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Weather warnings in place

“Sunday evening will be dry for most of the UK, though rain will start to push through Northern Ireland, going into Scotland and northern England by Monday morning, suggesting a north-south split.

“The wind will then start to pick up in the early hours of Monday in most regions.”

The warnings cover parts of County Armagh, County Down, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry and County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

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In Scotland, the warnings are in place for parts of Central, Tayside & Fife, Highlands & Eilean Siar, South West Scotland, Lothian Borders and Strathclyde.

Most of England will be fairly hazy across the day, with the highest temperatures reaching 16C in London and the South East, which is average for this time of year.

Winds of up to 40mph are expected over the Irish sea. (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images).

‘Changeable’ weather

Mr Miall added: “Going into Tuesday the rain will start to push towards Wales the south-west of England, with most of the UK seeing rain at some point.

“The winds will be much stronger on Tuesday with heavier showers in Northern Ireland and Scotland.”

This is due to a spell of high pressure and air being dragged in from the Mediterranean, he said.

Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day next week, with some areas of the country seeing temperatures of 18C.

Mr Miall added: “Unlike this week where the weather has been fairly static, next week will be changeable with the rain having the most impact. This is fairly typical for the time of year.”

Additional reporting by the Press Association.