01 October 2020 18:35

Storm Alex

The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest stories sent straight to your inbox Sign up for regular updates and breaking news from WalesOnline Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email A yellow weather warning has been issued for much of the UK this weekend as October kicks off with high winds and heavy rain. The storm, named Alex by French forecasters, is expected to lead to substantial disruption across Wales as an area of low pressure moves away from France. BBC forecaster Susan Powell described Alex as the UK's "biggest forecasting headache" for the end of the week. "The detail is coming together more so for us now - it looks like we could see severe gales in the English Channel through Friday, some wet weather spreading north," she said. But by Saturday, rain will intensify, signalling the start of a yellow weather warning for rain.

(Image: Met Office) The warning will come into effect from 3am on Saturday to 6pm on Sunday and could lead to difficult driving conditions, road closures and episodes of flooding. According to forecasters: "Heavy rain will push north and west across the UK, clearing from much of southeast England by Saturday afternoon. "However, it is expected to remain heavy and persistent throughout Saturday and into mid-Sunday across eastern Scotland, the far northeast of England, much of Wales, and southwest England. "This is likely to bring flooding and some disruption to travel.." A widespread 25-50 mm of rainfall is expected, with totals of 100-125 mm predicted over the high ground of eastern Scotland, and perhaps parts of Wales and southwest England. Natural Resources Wales, meanwhile, has put a flood warning in place in Gwendraeth Fach and Gwendraeth Fawr catchments.

Met Office forecast for Wales for the next five days Thursday: Much of the country will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers through the day. These possibly turning heavy at times, particularly in the far west. Light winds for most and feeling chilly. Thursday night: Showers continuing for much of the country, becoming most widespread during the early hours of the morning. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Friday: Remaining windy with overcast skies and scattered showers. Widespread rain moving north will spread into the south of Wales through the morning, possibly turning heavy at times. Maximum temperature 13 °C. Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled over the weekend with heavy rain and strong winds. Turning brighter and less windy on Monday with sunny spells interspersed with scattered showers.

As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain and wind as Storm Alex is set to hit Somerset. Somerset has seen a mixture of sunshine and rain this week but all of that is set to end as The Met Office has warned that 'a spell of wet and windy weather' is expected to hit the county which has the potential to cause flooding and transport disruption. The Met Office has warned it is due to Storm Alex, which will bring 'very unsettled weather to France on Friday, but also some wet and windy weather for southern parts of the UK.' The weather warning for Friday (October 2) stretches across the South West. The weather forecaster's yellow weather warning will be in place from 3am on Friday (October 2) until 8pm. The weather warning covers the parts of Somerset and Wiltshire as well as Devon, Hampshire and Dorset. Forecasters have warned residents in the South West that the rain could cause some flooding, with a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded. In areas where there is flooding, there is also a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services. The Met Office warns that spray and flooding could lead to "dangerous driving conditions" and result in longer journey times. "It's likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves," The Met Office added. On Saturday and Sunday (October 3 &4) yellow weather warnings have been issued for rain across the UK. A map of the yellow weather warning for rain which will be in place on Saturday (October 3). The warnings will be in place from 3am until 6pm on Saturday and 3am until 6pm on Sunday. A spokesperson for The Met Office said: "Heavy rain is expected to bring some flooding and transport disruption. "Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures. "Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services. "There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. "There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life. "There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads. "There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses." A map of the weather warning for rain which will be in place on Sunday. Picture - The Met Office North-western France on Thursday braced for heavy rainfalls and winds of up to 150kmh as Storm Alex made landfall. The French meteorological agency issued a red warning for the coastal department of Morbihan, in Brittany. Météo France said that gusts of up to 150kmh were expected in Morbihan, adding that "many trees are will fall down and power cuts are therefore likely". Other departments in Brittany can expect gusts of up to 140kmh and rainfall of up to 80mm. The opposite end of the country, the south-eastern region of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, has also been issued an amber warning due to a "high-intensity Mediterranean episode", forecast to start on Friday morning. "Expected rainfall accumulations during the episode are between 100mm and 150mm over large areas, with 200 to 250mm in some," Météo France warned. Storm Alex will also impact southern parts of the UK on Friday with heavy rain and coastal gales of around 100kmh, ushering in a wet weekend. "Parts of Wales, southwest England and eastern Scotland could see over 100mm of rain falling over the weekend, which is likely to lead to significant impacts from flooding, an enhanced risk of landslides, along with very difficult during conditions," the Met Office said.