The Met Office has issued several warnings for strong winds and heavy rain through the rest of this week, in what is expected be one of the busiest travel periods ahead of Christmas.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: "Bands of heavy rain will push across southern parts of the UK on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the potential for 60-90mm of rain falling over the course of a few days, it’s quite likely we’ll see some impacts such as flooding and tricky driving conditions."

Looking further ahead to Christmas week, Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen continued: “At the moment there are signs for a drier, quieter spell of weather just in time for the Christmas period, with the potential for colder temperatures making things feel a little more festive.”

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