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Severe weather warning issued for southern England

Heavy rain and winds forecast Saturday

Jane Meredith

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Jane Meredith

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jane.meredith@newburynews.co.uk

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Weather

A SEVERE weather warning of rain and strong winds has been issued for the southern, south west England and Wales tomorrow (Sat), with a risk of localised flooding.

The Met Office has issued the warning affecting a period from 6am tomorrow, until 10pm.

A spell of persistent rain, heavy at time, accompanied by windy conditions is expected to affect parts of southern and southwestern England and parts of south Wales from the early hours of Saturday onwards, into Saturday late afternoon or evening.

Some 20-30 mm of rain is expected, with 50-70 mm on south-facing slopes.

In addition, southerly gales or severe gales are expected with gusts of 40-50 mph inland and locally 65 mph over higher ground and south-facing coasts.

With rain falling on near-saturated ground,  the Met Office has highlighted the risk of localised flooding and possible disruption to travel.

The Met Office further advises that Devon and Dartmoor are likely to be the worst affected areas, with some uncertainty regarding the eastward extent of the heavy rain across southern England.

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