Weather warning : winter well on its way

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    After harsh weather hit Britain this week, snow, heavy rain and strong winds will continue to batter Britain today. The first storm of winter dumped up to 5cm (2in) of snow on higher ground in Scotland and on the Pennines in northern England on Monday.

    Wind speeds peaked at 101kph (63mph) in Inverbervie, Montrose, Scotland, and 92kph (57mph) at Langdon Bay, Kent, with many lowland areas seeing gusts of about 74kph (46mph).

    Forecasters warned of flooding in London and the south-east, with the Met Office issuing an extreme weather alert, saying up to 7cm (2.7in) of rain was expected to fall in some areas this morning.

    ‘People in the south-east must now brace themselves for disruption caused by the severe weather,’ said Positive Weather Solutions senior forecaster Jonathan Powell.

    ‘Flooding is a distinct possibility, with an awful lot of rain falling in a very short space of time.’

    Source : Metro