65mph storms to bring more floods after fifth wet weekend in a row

The UK will be battered by three 65mph storms and more floods this week, after enduring a fifth wet and miserable weekend in a row.

Experts have warned of a 600 mile-wide 'Groundhog Monday' tempest bringing strong gales and heavy rain on Monday.

The Environment Agency has warned that more flooding is to come over the next seven days.

MeteoGroup forecaster Steve Cleaton said: “Three low pressure areas will bring wet and windy weather – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“Gusts up to 70mph are expected in the north, with windy and showery days inbetween, plus spring tides.”

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “It's 'Groundhog Monday' again with a horrible afternoon commute on the fifth stormy Monday in a row. Expect delayed journeys and don't risk an accident."


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Flood-related breakdowns have doubled year-on-year, the RAC said.

Further torments follow on Wednesday – worse in the north – and Friday, with the south set for the biggest impacts.

The Environment Agency predicted floods during the week in the North, Midlands and South, issuing 136 flood warnings and alerts.

The EA also warned of high tide river floods in the west due to high spring tides, caused by Monday's supermoon, a full moon which will appear bigger than normal due to the moon being near its closest point to Earth.

Temperatures will be milder than last week, at 6-13C for most.

Drier weather is finally expected after mid-month, in the South at least.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: “It's the curse of stormy weekends yet again.”

A Met Office forecaster said: “Wet and windy weather spreads on Monday, Wednesday brings a risk of gales, and spells of wet and windy continue.”


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Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: “Miserable winter weather is continuing into spring, with more wind and rain.

“A surge of jet stream energy will sweep all before it, bringing successive bouts of wet and windy weather.

“There will be little opportunity for ground to dry out and for river levels to return to normal.”

The Environment Agency said: “Some flooding is expected for at least the next five days. Coastal flooding is probable due to increasing tidal levels on the rivers Severn, Wye and Mersey.”

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