Brits brace for heavy downpours as 72 flood warnings issued across UK

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Brits are bracing for heavy rain and floods with 72 warnings and alerts issued.

Melting snow and heavy downpours have led to drivers being stranded in their cars and rivers bursting their banks.

The weather chaos comes after the country endured an 'extreme freeze' with snow, blizzards and strong winds.

A yellow weather warning for wind is in place for Scotland today, which could cause travel disruption and delays, says the Met Office.

On Friday, southern parts of Wales and south western England could see heavy rain.

While rain in Wales could cause 'flooding', England could see heavier downpours, with potential power outages.

Drivers were left stranded on Tuesday morning after the start of the week saw milder temperatures.

The weekend ahead is expected to bring warmer temperatures, with the Met Office suggesting it could reach 16C or 17C in some parts.

The warmer temperatures caused the snow that blanketed Britain to melt, leading to flooding in particular areas. There are currently 67 flood alerts and five flood warnings in place.

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During the start of February, Brits saw freezing temperatures with -23C recorded – the coldest night in 65 years.

But a sharp rise in mercury in the days that followed sparked flood warnings across the country.

The Environment Agency warned: "Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Roads were flooded near Ely in Cambridgeshire on Tuesday morning, and the River Great Ouse burst its banks as ice and snow thawed.

Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong of the Met Office said: “For the past week the UK has been in a very cold airmass with temperatures well below average.

"This will change through the weekend as milder air moves in from the Atlantic and pushes that cold airmass out into the North Sea. 

“From Monday the whole UK will be in the warmer air mass, with daytime temperatures reaching 12-13C in the south, replacing days which never got above freezing the week before.”

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