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UK weather: Met Office warning for 12 hours of heavy rain and floods after ‘sub-tropical’ blast

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Bristol may be spared from torrential downpours tomorrow when a 12-hour weather warning will be in place.

The city will see heavy rain in what could be a washout for many – but conditions will be much worse further east.

Large parts of England look set to be disrupted by floods, heavy rain and power cuts tomorrow (Sunday, September 19).

Heavy rain is forecast for Bristol this afternoon, with drier conditions and sunny spells expected from 6pm.

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It’s expected to remain overcast all day tomorrow, but is unlikely to see the same level of rainfall predicted for other parts of the UK.

Met Office forecasters have issued a 12-hour rain alert warning people of the risks the extreme weather could pose.

The weather warning will be in place from 12pm tomorrow until 12am and will take in parts of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, the Midlands and the North East of England.

Swindon, Marlborough, Fairford, and the South of England look set for a washout after a brief spell of hot weather after hopes of a heatwave.

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said earlier the UK has been “much warmer than average for the first half of September”.

While the weekend is predicted to be a dry and bright day for many today, there will be torrential weather making a comeback tomorrow.

What the weather warning says?

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

UK five-day weather forecast

Today: Fog patches lifting by mid-morning, then fine across northwestern UK, as well parts of the south, where some warm sunshine is expected. In between, a band of patchy rain, while odd heavy showers may develop across southwestern regions.

Tonight: Rain probably becoming more widespread and heavier for some western and northern areas. Either side of this, mostly dry although with a few fog patches possible in clearer areas.

Sunday: Bands of cloud and patchy rain edging east, with heavy, perhaps thundery, downpours likely across parts of eastern England later. Further west it should gradually turn drier and brighter.

Outlook for Monday to Wednesday: Showers in the east and far northwest on Monday, otherwise largely fine early next week with sunny spells. Turning unsettled from the northwest later on Tuesday and into Wednesday.

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