Met Office issues heavy rain warning as Storm Gerrit batters Northumberland

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A weather warning for heavy rain has been issued by the Met Office.

The yellow warning is in place today (Wednesday, December 27) until 6pm across much of northern and western Britain, including Northumberland.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Storm Gerrit will run towards western UK on Wednesday and bring with it potential impacts for much of the UK.

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“Winds across southern coastal areas of England will be strong, possibly peaking around 70 mph on exposed coastlines, but more widely around 50-60 mph within the warning area.

Flooding in Northumberland. Picture by Jane ColtmanFlooding in Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman
Flooding in Northumberland. Picture by Jane Coltman

“Rain is an additional hazard from Storm Gerrit, with active weather fronts leading to a wet day for many. Snow is also likely to cause problems for some northern areas: only briefly for a few upland routes across the Pennines and southern Scotland overnight and early on Wednesday, but more widely to the north of the Central Lowlands later in the day. Here around 10 to possibly 20cm of snow may affect some of the highest routes, this combining with very strong winds to lead to some difficult travel conditions. At lower levels a combination of heavy rain and very strong winds will dominate.”

Met Office warnings highlight the possibility for transport disruption, power cuts and flooding in some areas so it’s important to stay up to date with the latest warnings.