UK to be battered by 70mph storms with even more gales and flooding

Britain is set for even more flooding thanks to 70mph storms next week.

Three storms will lash the nation after experts warned of a 600 mile-wide '"Groundhog Monday" tempest with 65mph gales and soakings on Monday.

The Environment Agency also warned that more flooding is to come over the next seven "windy and showery" days during the weather onslaught.

MeteoGroup forecaster Steve Cleaton said: "Three low pressure areas will bring wet and windy weather – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"Gusts up to 70mph are expected in the North, with windy and showery days in between, plus spring tides."

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RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "It's 'Groundhog Monday' again with a horrible afternoon commute on the fifth stormy Monday in a row. Expect delayed journeys and don't risk an accident."

Flood breakdowns have doubled year-on-year, the RAC said. Further torments follow on Wednesday – worse in the North – and Friday, with the South set for the biggest impacts.

The Environment Agency predicted floods during the week in the North, Midlands and South, issuing 136 flood warnings and alerts.

The EA also warned of high tide river floods in the West due to high spring tides, caused by Monday's supermoon, a full moon which will appear bigger than normal due to the moon being near its closest point to Earth.

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Temperatures will be milder than last week, at 6-13C for most.

Drier weather is finally expected after mid-month, in the South at least.

The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: "It's the curse of stormy weekends yet again."

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A Met Office forecaster said: "Wet and windy weather spreads on Monday, Wednesday brings a risk of gales, and spells of wet and windy continue."

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: "Miserable winter weather is continuing into spring, with more wind and rain.

"A surge of jet stream energy will sweep all before it, bringing successive bouts of wet and windy weather.

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