Yellow warnings as Storm Barbara to hit UK with heavy winds and rain from tonight

Storm Barbara is set to bring heavy rain and wind to most parts of England and Wales overnight with weather warnings in place.

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for surface water, flooding and strong winds for the south of England and parts of the Midlands.

Storm Barbara, named by Spanish Meteorologists, is set to sweep north through Europe on Tuesday, battering Portugal and Spain with wind speeds up to 40mph in places, before reaching the shores of the UK from midnight tonight.



Yellow warnings as Storm Barbara to hit UK with heavy winds and rain from tonight
Shoppers keeping dry under a jacket in the city centre.(Pic Andrew Teebay).

Heavy rain can be expected over parts of southern Wales, southern England and the West Midlands through the morning rush hour with the Met Office warning of spray and surface water on the roads.

Storm Barbara is set to head through England over the course of the day with parts of Yorkshire and East Anglia expected to be hit with rainfall and winds during the afternoon, with yellow warnings in place until 2pm.

Met Office spokesman Oli Claydon said: “It’s not a storm that’s had any naming influence from us.

“It will bring some some wind and rain to parts of the UK, particularly in the South tomorrow.

“From this evening, into the early hours, there will be a band of rain moving in from the South, bringing some at times heavy rain, particularly in the South East.”

Rainfall on Wednesday is forecast to be 0.6in-0.8in (15mm-20mm) widely, with the chance of up to 1.6in (40mm) in some parts in total through the day.

Mr Claydon said the UK can expect “unsettled” weather for the rest of the week.

“That wind and rain clears off into the North Sea and after that we’re left with a continued spell of unsettled conditions across the UK through the week.

“There will be periods of slightly more settled conditions and at times brighter weather as well, so there will be some sunshine around.

“But generally remaining broadly unsettled, with further wind and rain to affect the UK through the weekend as well.”

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