Brits to be drenched in 17-hour rain as Met Office extends ’70mph’ wind warning

Brits are set to be drenched in the Bank Holiday washout with 17-hour downpours and '70mph' gales.

The Met Office has extended its yellow weather warning for wind to include more areas of the country.

Previously, the west, south west and south coast were the primary targets of the warning but more Brits inland are now at risk of the harsh gusts of wind.

Wintry conditions could also hit with sleet and light snow bringing chaos in a predicted 800-mile wide 'weather bomb', according to The Weather Outlook.

The snow is forecast to land on higher ground in the north, with temperatures struggling to get above 12C today.

Brutal winds will push 70mph in some areas, and 65mph gusts near the coastlines in the south.

50mph gales are expected to sweep Brits in the north.

The Bank Holiday Monday, offering a three-day weekend, has been called a washout.

NetWeather said a "a spell of high winds and persistent rain" will cover most Brits.

Wales, coastal areas of the south, and parts of north west England are expected to be the worst hit.

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Tyndrum in Scotland saw a chilly Sunday with -4.2C recorded and the cold weather is set to continue.

For Glasgow, 17 hours of rain is expected to cause havoc with 50% chance of downpours from 7am and more risk later on in the day with 95% in the afternoon. The stormy weather will continue for the evening until the late hours.

The north east and Wales have a similar forecast with light rain from 10am onwards in Yorkshire followed by seven hours of heavy rainfall from lunchtime to 7pm.

The south west of the country, in the areas of Cornwall and Devon, can expect morning rain with a break with overcast skies before heavy lashing between 12pm and 8pm, alongside the strong winds.

Southern parts of Britain, including Kent and East of England, will see less rain but the evenings will still be filled with wet weather in the early evening and night.

The wind and rain are set to continue onto Tuesday.

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The Met Office says: "Rain and strong winds early Tuesday clearing to sunshine and showers for most.

"Showers wintry at times in the north.

"Winds moderating; chilly by day with increasingly widespread overnight frosts."

Bookmaker Coral has slashed the odds on May being the wettest since records began to just 5-4.

"We think it could be the beginning of our wettest May ever. We've slashed the odds on it happening," said Coral's Harry Aitkenhead.

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