MOTORISTS should take care on Wednesday morning as yellow weather flood warnings mean large quantities of surface water could wreak havoc on the roads, the Met Office has forecast.
Britons are braced for a bout of unsettled weather over the next few days as conditions falter between mild temperatures and vast deluges of rain.
The Environment Agency has issued one “flood warning” for south-east England and four for south-west England.
A total of two “flood alerts” have been issued for north-east England, one for north-west England, ten for south-east England and fourteen for south-west England.
Commenting on the conditions, Met Office metrologist Aidan McGivern said: “The weather is in an unsettled frame of mind at the moment all of us will be cloudy and mild over the next 24 hours.
“Most of us will experience outbreaks of rain on and off - but it is the west that will bear the brunt of the wettest weather certainly through Wednesday and towards the end of the week.”
Wednesday morning “will be a wet start for many places” as the “wet weather extends from Scotland” to western parts of England, west Wales and the south-west, he continued.
In the south-west and Wales the rainfall will “mount up”, making the roads “quite tricky in places” with a lot of standing water around,” Mr McGivern forecasted.
As a result of the rainfall, a series of yellow flood warnings will be in force for the south-west and south-east of England on Wednesday morning.
The rain “will also push into eastern parts of England during the morning”, according to the Met Office, who also warned northern parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland are due to be affected by the inclement conditions.
Mr McGivern said: “In parts of Northern Ireland another rain warning will be in force for later Wednesday because, again, there will be up to 60mm of rainfall which could cause issues on the roads, with some localised flooding.”
A “strong gusty wind” is set to sweep away the rain, Mr McGivern said, as “during the morning and afternoon we will see quite blustery conditions on the south coast”.