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Rain will hit Britain just hours after Storm Erik claimed third victim

Snow and rain will hit Britain today but worst of killer Storm Erik is over after it claimed a third victim when kitesurfer died in 80mph gales that tore down walls and trees

  •  The rain and strong winds are set to continue today, with a chance of snow overnight and some sunny spells
  •  Storm Erik caused widespread disruption in Britain on Friday and Saturday with three people reported dead
  •  Winds at 80mph saw several passenger jets struggle to land properly at airports across the country on Friday

Britons are set to be hit with further rain and gale force winds today as the miserable weather continues- with a possibility of snow overnight.

The vicious Storm Erik battered the UK on Friday and Saturday, with gales of up to 80 mph causing widespread travel disruption, with three people reported dead.

Forecasters have said there are expected to be showers in the south today following the downpour overnight, but as the day moves on the rain will be replaced by sunny spells.

Northern Ireland will see a dry start but then see strong winds and heavy rain, and the south-east will remain damp throughout the day and into overnight.

The heavy rain will then edge into Wales and the north-east England overnight, and there could even be a chance of snow in high areas in the south overnight.

The tail end of Storm Erik – the first named storm of 2019 – still had enough strength to bring huge waves battering the sea defences at Aberystwyth on the Cardigan Bay coast yesterday

A weather warning for wind on Saturday was extended to cover most of the UK, while in Scotland heavy rain hit Scotland on Saturday afternoon

Meteorologist Simon Partridge from the Met Office, said: ‘A bit of a mixed bag this Sunday morning.

‘Sunny spells for many of us, also a mixture of rain and showers in other parts of the UK.

‘And it will be a touch colder than it has been on recent mornings.

‘For Scotland it’s generally a cold and clear start to the day…

‘A clear bright start for Northern Ireland and northern England, we do have showers making their way across Wales and the rain from last night is covering up much of south-eastern England, so a pretty grey and damp start for many of us here.

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    A motorist has died after Storm Erik ripped a giant tree from the earth and sent it flying into the road in Devon (pictured), as meteorologists issued ‘danger to life’ warnings due amid 80mph winds and heavy rain on Saturday

    A woman struggles through strong gusts during the tail end of Storm Erik – the first named storm of 2019 which still has enough strength to bring huge waves battering the sea defences at Aberystwyth on Saturday

    This was the scene in Woolacombe, North Devon on Saturday morning as strong winds continued to batter the coast


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    ‘Through the day basically all of this weather is going to move its way south and eastwards, with the rain in the south gradually clearing its way eastwards, although the southeast corner will hold on to a rather grey and damp day.

    ‘Elsewhere lots of sunshine on offer, a few showers across parts of England and Wales, but these will be few and far between.

    ‘And then this area of low pressure starts to make its way across Northern Ireland as we head through the afternoon.

    ‘This will bring in strong to gale force winds and also some locally heavy rain at times as well, now that continues to make its way further south-east overnight.

    ‘Through the evening period it starts to edge its way into parts of north-west Wales and north-west England.

    ‘At the hills here, mainly over 300 to 400 metres it could turn to snow for a time as well, but for most of us it will be a little bit wetter and windier as it makes its way through.’

    The improved weather will be a relief for Britons in various parts of the UK who suffered the wrath of Storm Erik on Friday and Saturday.

    On Saturday a kitesurfer died amid strong winds in an incident on the Saunton Sands beach in north Devon.

    On Friday morning a 50-year-old man died on the A384 in Buckfastleigh, Devon, and in Wales a van driver was killed after he collided with a fallen tree on the B4306 between Pontyberem and Llannon in west Wales.

    The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds on Saturday covering much of Wales, central and northern England and southern Scotland.

    A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland on Saturday.

    The Met Office said wind speeds of 75mph were recorded in Powys, Wales, and 74mph in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, adding that across the rest of the country gusts between 40 and 50mph were typical.

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