Met Office warning: Severe gales and 3 inches of rain to batter Britain – latest forecast

BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood forecasts rain ahead of Christmas

The Met Office has forecast outbreaks of heavy rain across the south on Wednesday, issuing a weather warning for parts of the south of the country. The yellow rain warning is in place from 6am on Wednesday, December 23 and expires at 6am on Thursday, December 24.

The Met Office said: “Spells of heavy rain are expected across southern England and parts of south Wales during Wednesday and into early Thursday.

“The heaviest rain is likely to develop during Wednesday evening and continue overnight before clearing away to the southeast by Thursday morning.

“Much of the area is likely to see 20-40 mm through this period. There is still some uncertainty in exactly where the heaviest rain will fall but there is the potential for some places to see as much as 50-70 mm of rain.

“The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong north to northeasterly winds during Wednesday evening and overnight.”

BBC Weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood said the UK can expect a Christmas washout this year as a band of rain moves in to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland later this week.

She said: “There is some rain in the forecast across many areas today and as we head up to Christmas day itself it is going to be mostly chilly and dry.

“That will be the case for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but we have some rain to get rid of before that.

“There is a band of rain moving across England and Wales which will eventually get into Scotland and Northern Ireland.

“In the northwest, we have got showers in the afternoon and brighter skies in the northeast.

“There is further rain and drizzle coming in across southern counties and strong gusty winds.

Regions and local authorities affected:

East of England

Essex

Hertfordshire

Southend-on-Sea

Thurrock

London & South East England

Bracknell Forest

Brighton and Hove

Buckinghamshire

East Sussex

Greater London

Hampshire

Isle of Wight

Kent

Medway

Oxfordshire

Portsmouth

Reading

Slough

Southampton

Surrey

West Berkshire

West Sussex

Windsor and Maidenhead

Wokingham

South West England

Bath and North East Somerset

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole

Bristol

Cornwall

Devon

Dorset

Gloucestershire

North Somerset

Plymouth

Somerset

South Gloucestershire

Swindon

Torbay

Wiltshire

Wales

Blaenau Gwent

Bridgend

Caerphilly

Cardiff

Carmarthenshire

Merthyr Tydfil

Monmouthshire

Neath Port Talbot

Newport

Pembrokeshire

Powys

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Swansea

Torfaen

Vale of Glamorgan

West Midlands

Herefordshire

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