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Weather experts predict gusts topping 70mph & up to 4 inches of rain

A double whammy featuring the remnants of two former hurricanes is set to blast Britain during two days of weather hell.

Gale force gusts topping 70 mph and up to four inches of rain are forecast during the weekend and Monday as the deep Atlantic depression moves towards the north of the country.

A month’s worth of rain could fall in some areas when low pressure unleashes the tail-end of ex-Hurricane Maria on the UK during Sunday and Monday.

The deep depression pulling the bad weather across Britain is also set to absorb ex-Hurricane Lee as it travels across the Atlantic towards Britain on the jet stream.

Met Office yellow alerts for rain are in place for much of Sunday for a large expanse of western Britain. A new warning is also in place for high winds in Scotland and northern England on Sunday and Monday.

An initial warning for rain has been updated and has now changed to remove south-west England from the alert but to extend it across more of Scotland.

To add to the torrential rain, winds are expected to strengthen across north-western areas on Sunday evening with a swathe of gale force gusts expected to cross many northern parts of the UK during Monday.

Strongest of the winds should gradually become confined to north-east Scotland by late evening on Monday.

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Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely to develop quite widely, with 70 mph blasts developing over northern Scotland and more locally over high ground elsewhere.

In addition, frequent heavy showers are likely to affect parts of western and northern Scotland.

There could be localised flooding and transport difficulties with the Environment Agency saying it may need to issue flood warnings.

Forecasters have downgraded the severity of the weather system but it is still likely to bring some disruption.

The exact location of where the largest rainfall totals will occur is currently uncertain.

A young woman is fighting against the storm with her umbrella

Forecaster Hannah Findley, of The Weather Channel, said: “Lee is now a category one hurricane, and Maria is a tropical storm.

“It would now seem that both Maria and Lee will be absorbed into a larger mid-latitude low before reaching Europe.

“Ahead of Maria, a plume of warmer air will briefly lift temperatures in the UK above average on Sunday, before returning to near normal.”​

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