Storm Ciarán to bring 80mph winds and heavy rain – full list of areas to be affected HERE

Parts of the UK are poised for heavy rain and flooding over the next few days ahead of the arrival of Storm Ciarán later this week.

Flood warnings are in place across parts of England, Scotland and Wales, while there are also yellow rain warnings for some of Northern Ireland.

Ciarán is set to bring strong winds and heavy rain to southern England and Wales when it arrives on Thursday.

It comes after a number of areas in the UK faced flooding over the weekend.

Forecasters warned that saturated ground conditions caused by the persistent wet weather will increase the risk of flooding.

The Environment Agency urged the public to take care on coastal paths and promenades.

The agency also advised against driving through flood water, saying that just 30cm (11.8 inches) of flowing water was enough to move a car.

Met Office Deputy chief meteorologist Chris Almond said winds brought by Storm Ciarán are “likely to gust to 80mph along the south coast of England, with a small risk of somewhere exposed seeing 90 mph, and winds could even gust up to 50 or 60 mph further inland”.

Almond said this deep, low-pressure system will “bring heavy rain to much of the UK, but the heaviest rain is expected in southern and western areas with 20 to 25 mm quite widely across the region but up to 40 to 60 mm potentially over higher ground”.

“Heavy and persistent rain will fall on to already saturated ground bringing a risk of further impacts such as flooding in areas that are already struggling to clean up from the heavy rainfall we have seen over the last week or so,” he added.

These are the regions which will be affected

London and South East England:

  • Brighton and Hove
  • East Sussex
  • Hampshire
  • Isle of Wight
  • Kent
  • Portsmouth
  • West Sussex

North East England:

  • Darlington
  • Durham
  • Gateshead
  • Hartlepool
  • Middlesbrough
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • North Tyneside
  • Northumberland
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • South Tyneside
  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Sunderland

Wales:

  • Carmarthenshire
  • Ceredigion
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Pembrokeshire
  • Powys
  • Swansea

South West Scotland and Lothian Borders:

  • East Lothian
  • Edinburgh
  • Midlothian Council
  • Scottish Borders
  • West Lothian

Strathclyde:

  • Argyll and Bute
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • Glasgow
  • Inverclyde
  • North Ayrshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • Renfrewshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • West Dunbartonshire

Northern Ireland:

  • County Antrim
  • County Armagh
  • County Down
  • County Fermanagh
  • County Tyrone

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