BBC weather: UK warned of 'sunshine and showers'
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BBC Weather’s Carol Kirkwood warned Brits in western and southern UK will see the most of the showers today. While it will will be unsettled in the north of the UK tomorrow with spells of moderate rain, pleasant in the south with drier and sunnier conditions. Wednesday is looking unsettled across the UK with a band of quite heavy rain sinking south into Wales and northern England, while patchy rain sits in the south. Ms Kirkwood said: “Yesterday everything in the UK was at least 16C, today it is going to be cooler across the northern half of the UK but for the rest of the week it’s going to turn very mild everywhere.
“Today sunshine and showers will be the order of the day and it’s going to be breezy.
“A lot of showers coming in this morning across Northern Ireland, Wales and parts of the south.
“They can be heavy and potentialy thundery in the southeast as they could be across northwest Scotland.
“Temperature-wise today we’re looking at about 11C to 12C so lower than yesterday.
“Through this evening and overnight, showers will start to ease and we’ll see lengthy clear spells.
“But then the weatherwest from coming in from the west produces more cloud and some rain.
“It will be the far southeast that hangs onto the clear spells for the longest.”
It comes as parts of the country have been told to expect flooding after torrential downpours across the UK.
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Heavy rain fell on Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday, prompting the Environment Agency to issue 51 flood warnings.
Emergency services said they had received reports of flooding after southern England was hit by a storm moving in from France.
The warnings have been put in place along the east and south coasts of England, with residents told to “act now” and move vehicles to a higher land level, put important items upstairs and erect property protection barriers.
The Environment Agency said the Thames Barrier has been closed to protect London from flooding.
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It said the move will protect the capital “from a high tide as a result of low pressure and northerly winds coinciding with spring tides”.
The barrier will be closed until 6pm on Thursday.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “While the barrier will help to protect London from tidal flooding, there are also risks from coastal flooding along the east coast on Thursday and Friday.
“Heavy rain also means that there is a separate but concurrent risk of river flooding across the south of England.”
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