Strong winds and flooding on the way

Thursday 12 November 2009, 15:13

Derek Brockway Derek Brockway

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The forecast is looking pretty dire with wet and windy weather at times. There will be heavy rain and a risk of flooding with strong to severe winds.

Today's heavy rain will clear early this evening leaving a drier night with a few scattered showers with the wind easing. Lowest temperatures will be around 4C inland and 7C on the coast.

Friday should start fairly quiet with a few scattered showers in the North and some sunshine.

Further South, most places will be dry with some brightness but cloud will increase. The odd shower and at this stage the wind light. But the dry weather won't last.

Rain will reach South Wales by late morning and spread across the rest of the country during the afternoon.

The rain will become very heavy and persistent with a risk of localised flooding.

The wind will also be picking-up becoming strong from mid afternoon onwards with gales likely on exposed coasts and hillsides.

Wind gusts could potentially reach as high as 60 or 70mph, so if you're heading to Cardiff for the rugby tomorrow evening - allow extra time for your journey!

There will be a lot of surface water and spray on the roads so take care on the M4.

Friday night there's more rain to come, eventually clearing to showers but it will remain windy.

Saturday will bring a mixture of sunny intervals and blustery showers and very windy with strong to severe gale force winds.

Sunday should be less windy with some sunshine and a few showers.

Monday will bring another dose of wet and windy weather.

So, in summary - there is a real risk of flooding over the next few days.

The Floodline number is 0845 988 1188 or keep an eye on the Environment Agency's website for the latest updates.

Take care

Derek

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