FLOOD alerts are in place across the country today as torrential rain lashes the UK – before Hurricane Dorian could trigger a heatwave.
The heaviest of the intense showers will smash the north and west of Britain through Tuesday – with the rain expected to last into next week.
Met Office forecaster Oli Claydon described the washout as typical for this time of year.
He said: “For the UK there’s a northwest/southeast split for the next couple of days.
“At times wet and windy weather for Scotland and the North, and drier weather in the south and east.
“It’s quite a pronounced difference to the northwest where they’re going to be affected through much of the week.”
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Describing today’s outlook, the Met Office website said: “Cloudy and breezy with occasional rain in the north and west, this locally heavy by the afternoon, but clearing to showers in the far northwest later.
“Rather cloudy elsewhere, but with some warm sunny intervals, especially in the southeast.”
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has a Flood Alert in place for much of the west coast of Scotland.
A more severe Flood Warning is in place in the far north of Scotland for Caithness and Sutherland.
In England, 17 Flood Alerts are in place – mainly covering the southwest and northwest.
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While most of the southeast is expected to remain dry, the Environment Agency warns the region could still see rivers flood and high tides.
Similar calls to stay vigilant are in place in Wales and Northern Ireland amid the wet conditions.
Cloud cover, stiff winds and the rain are also seeing temperatures dip to just the high teens after scorching scenes in recent weeks.
Mr Claydon added: ““Rain can be expected in nearly all parts of the UK at some point through the week, with a cold front moving east from Tuesday evening.
“It will also be windy at times in the north, especially on Wednesday with further rain moving in.”
But the impact of Hurricane Dorian – which is smashing the Bahamas and the Florida coast – could be positive for the UK’s weather.
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Mr Claydon said the remnant tail end of the slow-moving vortex will pass above the UK next week.
That could possibly helping sweep up warm conditions from the south – creating the potential for a heatwave.
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell, speaking on Sunday, said: “Hurricane Dorian’s most likely path is between Iceland and Greenland.”
He added that process “would allow high pressure to build for the UK, bringing a spell of warmer weather.”
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