April to end on a stormy note

Car driving through heavy rain and localised flooding

26 April 2012 - April has been a very unsettled month and looks set to end on a stormy note across the southern half of the UK.

Our forecasters are expecting a mixture of sunshine and showers to continue in all parts as we head into the weekend, with heavy rain and strong to gale force winds across much of the UK on Sunday.

An intense area of low pressure is forecast to approach the south of England on Saturday night and Sunday bringing up to 50mm of rain and winds gusting in excess of 50mph in exposed areas.

Dan Suri, Deputy Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are expecting pretty miserable conditions across much of the UK on Sunday. The heavy rain may lead to localised flooding while the strong gusty winds will make travelling conditions difficult."

The Environment Agency said: "The Environment Agency is advising people to be alert for disruption from possible localised flooding across parts of the South West, South East and Midlands on Sunday. In preparation for the very wet weather,  Environment Agency officers are out monitoring river levels, checking defences, and removing any blockages that may increase the risk of flooding.

"We are likely to issue flood warnings and would urge people to keep up to date by checking our website, calling our Floodline on 0845 988 1188, or looking out for updates on our facebook and twitter pages."

Further north, much of Scotland looks set to see a good deal of dry and fine weather over the weekend.

Stormy weather for Sunday
Deputy Chief forecaster Dan Suri, explains the weather situation for Sunday.

Stormy weather for Sunday (YouTube transcript) Stormy weather for Sunday (YouTube transcript) (PDF, 73 kB)

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Last updated: 26 April 2012