The Met Office has issued a three-day weather warning for the UK advising of heavy persistent rain which may lead to flooding. The weather forecaster has warned homes and businesses may be affected with some interruption to power supplies and other services possible causing mayhem for areas where people are likely working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The Met Office weather warning is in effect from 6pm on Monday until 12pm on Wednesday.
The warning reads: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.
“Bus services probably affected with journey times taking longer.
“Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.
“Some interruption to power supplies and other services is possible.”
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The weather forecaster has said the rain will become heavy at times later on Monday and is likely to persist through Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday.
Throughout the period two to three inches (50 to 75mm) of rain is likely quite widely, with four to five (100 to 125mm) possible in places, mainly on higher ground.
There will be very strong southerly winds which will be an additional hazard.
The regions worst affected by the rain weather warning will be:
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Across the UK generally, the Met Office has said the next five days will be breezy, but mostly sunny and bright.
On Sunday, the weather will be dry with plenty of sunshine for most, but the far north of Scotland will be cloudier at times.
It will be breezy and feel cold in the wind, especially in the south and east.
On Sunday night, the weather will be dry and largely clear with widespread developing overnight.
Clouds will increase in far northwest Scotland with outbreaks of rain likely by dawn, with strong winds developing.
On Monday, the weather forecast predicts dry and bright weather with plenty of sunshine, but turning hazy in the north and west.
There will be wet and windy conditions in the far northwest of Scotland with coastal gales.
From Tuesday to Thursday many places dry with sunshine after frosty nights and there will be persistent heavy rain in northwest Scotland becoming lighter and more patchy as it clears southeastwards into England and Wales by Thursday.
The Met Office’s long-range weatherforecast predicts dry and settled conditions to dominate through the end of March and into early April, bringing plenty of bright or sunny spells across the UK, particularly in the south and east.
However, the weather forecaster warns that rain is likely to spread to northwestern areas at times, which could briefly develop more widely.
This unsettled weather could become more widespread across the north towards the end of the period.
Winds will be predominantly light, but for north and northwestern regions there could be periods of stronger winds.
Mist and fog patches are possible, but these will be quick to clear given the time of year.
Temperatures are likely to be around average for the time of year, with large diurnal ranges bringing a risk of overnight frosts.
During April there will be longer periods of dry and settled weather are set to continue throughout April, and it is likely to be much drier than recent months.
In mid-April, there is still the potential for some rain to push across northwestern areas and weakening as they spread southeastwards.
The winds will continue to be light or moderate, and the risk of overnight mist and fog patches will continue.
Temperatures are forecast to be around normal but with large diurnal ranges, overnight frosts are likely, but gradually becoming less so towards the end of the period.
The east and southeast could see some warmer periods.
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