THE UK is set to be battered by heavy winds today, while the end of the week is expected to bring heavy rain and flood warnings.
The weather chaos comes after downpours and melting snow caused rivers to burst their banks yesterday, prompting 69 flood warnings and leaving drivers stranded.
A driver being helped out of his car at Buttsbury Wash, nr. Ingatestone in Essex after flooding blocked roads on TuesdayCredit: JOHN McLELLAN
A car going through a flooded road near Ely in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday morningCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
High water levels on a road near Ely in CambridgeshireCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Motorists struggled to drive along flooded roads near Ely in CambridgeshireCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
A yellow wind warning was in place for Scotland today, which the Met Office said could cause travel delays.
On Friday, southern parts of Wales and southwest England were both in for heavy rain.
While Wales’ rain could cause “flooding and travel disruption”, England was in for a heavier dose, with the Met Office warning of potential flooding and power outages.
The rain would stick around on Saturday, but was expected to ease by the end of the weekend.
The weekend was also expected to bring warmer temperatures, with Met Office suggesting it might get up to 17C in parts.
Drivers were left stranded on Tuesday morning after the start of the week caused temperatures to soar to 13C.
This prompted the ten inches of snow that blanketed Britain last week to melt, causing widespread flooding.
Roads in Ely were left flooded after heavy rain on Monday nightCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Melted snow and floodwater covers the road from Thorney to Whittlesey in CambridgeshireCredit: Paul Marriott
There are flood warnings in place across the UKCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Flooding hit the UK on Tuesday after a spike in temperatures and torrential rainCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Temperatures plunged to -23C – the coldest night in 65 years – but a sharp rise in the mercury in the days following melted the snow and sparked flood warnings across the UK.
The Environment Agency warned: “Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded.”
Motorists battled flooded roads near Ely in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday morning after heavy rain overnight.
It comes after the River Great Ouse burst its banks as the snow and ice thawed.
Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong of the Met Office said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.
A driver who did not read the very clear Flood and Deep Water signs at Buttsbury Wash in Essex heads into the waterCredit: JOHN McLELLAN
A cyclist in Greenwich Park, LondonCredit: London News Pictures
Drivers struggled to make their way through floodsCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
Drivers were been told to stay alert amid the flooding on TuesdayCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
“This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea.
“From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 12-13C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”
On Wednesday night last week, the UK’s coldest temperature for 65 years was recorded in Aberdeenshire when locals endured -23C.
The River Thames froze over for the first time in 60 years as the Beast from the East 2 blasted Britain.
The Baltic blast froze Trafalgar Square’s fountains and brought large amounts of snowfall to regions across the country.
In Derbyshire’s High Peak area, the impressive Kinder Downfall also froze, turning the 98ft waterfall into a slippery climbing wall.
A record low temperature for February was also recorded in England and Wales when temperatures in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, dropped to minus 15.3C overnight on Thursday.
A runner heads into the fog in Dunsden, OxfordshireCredit: Rex Features
A car moves through thick fog in Rivington, Lancs., on Tuesday morningCredit: Mercury Press