Hurricane Nigel remnants to batter UK as Met Office forecast ‘unsettled weather’

Brits have been told to expect "unsettled weather" this weekend as remnants of Hurricane Nigel make their way across the UK.

The Met Office said heavy rain and strong winds would batter much of the country from Saturday (September 23) as the storm, currently in the mid-Atlantic, rages on. Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, told The Times: "These systems have a long reach. It will increase rainfall rates and also winds to bring unsettled weather to the UK."

And Nigel isn't the only hurricane bringing inclement weather to Blighty this week. The tail end of Hurricane Lee, which thrashed eastern Canada over the weekend, is also expected to cause unpleasant conditions.

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Already, the UK's weather has taken a turn for the worse. Yellow weather warnings for rain have been issued across parts of the north of England, the East Midlands, parts of Wales and Yorkshire until 6pm this evening. Another yellow warning for rain will remain in place until 3am tomorrow morning across the east and southeast of England.

The Met Office warned homes and businesses may face flooding as a result of the rainfall. Fortunately, it isn't thought this will be "widespread".

Meanwhile another yellow warning for wind has been issued in northwest Scotland, affecting parts of the Highlands and Argyll and Bute until 7pm this evening. The forecaster said some Brits could expect power outages as well as delays to transport as a result.

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The news comes after parts of the UK were submerged in floodwater by a flood over the weekend. The Daily Star reported rainfall had left the coastal Devon town of Dawlish underwater as residents posted horror images of overflowing roads.

An estimated two weeks' worth of rain fell in the space of just an hour during the deluge, posing a threat to human life. The Met Office issued a rare amber warning for the region.

However, the forecaster said while conditions are expected to be unpleasant this weekend, they likely wouldn't be as severe.

"Although we've indicated that there could be flooding associated with the reasonably high levels of rainfall, that's not something anticipated to be widespread," Madge said.

"It's something that may be a consequence of a catchment that suddenly gets more inundated or [if] there are blockages in drainage."

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