BBC Weather: UK forecast period of strong winds and rain
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Britons could face travel chaos on Saturday as heavy rain causes disruption on the roads amid a strike by train drivers. The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for parts of Wales, England and Scotland, with downpours causing flooding on roads and making journey times longer. Flooding of homes and businesses is also possible.
Mr Betts said: “Things are going to change a bit as we head to the weekend.
“An area of cloud waiting in the wings is going to push its way eastwards and bring some rain across the country.
“It’s likely to stay dry in eastern England tomorrow with maybe a little sunshine with a lot of cloud on the way.
“The rain will move into Wales and western England before pushing northwards into western Scotland.
“All the while that southerly wind is picking up, it could actually reach gale force around some of these western coastal areas but it is a southerly wind and that means milder air.
“It will be a good few degrees milder than it has been over the past few days.
“We’ve got these weather fronts moving across the UK overnight and arriving in the southeast where it’s just going to hang around into Sunday.”
The weather warnings come as train drivers in 11 companies, belonging to the Aslef union, will strike in a long-running dispute over pay.
Weather: BBC warns of continued heavy rain across the UK
Rain, at times heavy, is set to hit parts of south Wales and south-west England between 2pm on Saturday and 3am on Sunday.
Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthen in Wales, and Plymouth, Southampton and St Austell in England are among areas that could be affected.
The Met Office said: “Rain is expected to develop across south Wales and south-west England during Saturday afternoon, moving slowly east to clear most areas early on Sunday morning.
“Although the most persistent rain is expected over hills, periods of heavy rain are expected almost anywhere. 15-25 mm is expected quite widely, with some places seeing 40-60 mm of rain, particularly over hills in south Wales and south-west England.
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“Strong winds will accompany the rain, with gusts of 45-55 mph over hills and around coasts.”
From noon to midnight on Saturday, parts of Scotland including Perth and Sterling could also get heavy rain.
The Met Office has warned that “heavy rain may lead to some flooding and disruption to travel” during this period.
It added: “Rain will turn persistent and heavy at times across the warning area through Saturday afternoon and evening.”
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