Second named storm to thrash Britain causing fresh travel chaos

UK weather forecast: Storm Elin gradually moving off the UK

Storm Fergus is forecast to drench the UK in more heavy rain later today as well as unleash strong winds throughout the country.

The Met Office warns that Fergus, named by the Irish meteorological service Met Eireann, could bring gusty winds, particularly in the West, as well as further rainfall on Sunday evening.

This comes less than 24 hours after Storm Elin battered much of the country on Saturday.

The latest weather maps from WXCharts warn that the impact of Fergus could last well into next week, with fears of fresh travel chaos.

The conditions have already impacted some train lines, with warnings of further disruptions to be expected.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Andy Page warned: “Wet and windy weather is the main theme of the forecast this weekend.

“Winds and rain could be disruptive at times, which has resulted in the issuing of weather warnings for both wind and rain. Winds could peak around 70mph on exposed Irish Sea coasts, with gusts of around 45-55mph likely quite widely in England and Wales. A further 20-30mm of rain could fall over parts of Northern Ireland, northwest England and into southwest and central Scotland, with 40mm over some high ground.”

A WXChart forecast map shows torrential rain covering much of the country by Monday evening.

Overnight into Tuesday, northern England and Scotland could be covered in a few centimetres of snow.

Meanwhile, the east coast will bear the brunt of the rainfall on Tuesday.

By Thursday, the UK will experience a significant winter chill, with a WXChart map showing the entire country dropped into freezing temperatures, according to the weather map forecast.

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Parts of the east coast will be the worst hit again, with subzero temperatures plunging below -5C.

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said after Thursday, conditions “will hopefully turn drier and more settled in the second half of next week”.

Met Office forecasters are currently monitoring Storm Fergus and said further warnings could be introduced later today – with a risk of hail and thunder in places.

Today, the strongest winds are expected to hit south Wales and areas around the Bristol Channel.

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People have been warned that the bad weather could disrupt trains, flights, ferries and car journeys.

Seafronts and coastal communities may be affected by spray and large waves.

There are still flood alerts in place, stretching as far north as Scotland and south as Cornwall.

In Cornwall, rail lines are blocked between Liskeard and Looe due to “heavy flooding”, according to Great Western Railway.

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