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Storms set to batter parts of UK

Large areas of rain-lashed Britain have been warned to be on alert for more bad weather later this week.

The Met Office said another deep area of low pressure will spread eastwards across the country on Friday bringing heavy rain and strong to gale force winds.

Between 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is forecast with up to 40 millimetres on some high ground in the south west of England and south Wales.

The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

The Met Office said it was warning already flood-hit and rain saturated areas to be on the alert.

The forecaster has issued severe weather warnings for parts of Northern Ireland, the south coast of Wales, south west England and the south of England for Friday.

"The public should be aware of possible disruption, primarily due to further flooding, chiefly in areas already, or recently, affected," the Met Office said in a statement on its website.

"Everywhere will get heavy rain on Friday, pretty much the whole of the UK will get some form of rain shower," a spokeswoman said.

"Twenty to 30 millimetres of rain is a fair amount but it is not huge - but coupled with the saturation on the ground, people need to be aware.

"We are talking about strong winds as well and there will be reduced visibility on roads when driving."

The warning comes as the MeteoGroup weather company forecaster said England and Wales could be on course this month for twice the average rainfall for January .

An Environment Agency (EA) spokeswoman said: "A low pressure system combining with high tides could cause some coastal flooding around England on Friday and over the weekend. Strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of spray and wave over-topping in coastal areas during this period and some disruption from coastal flooding is possible."

She added there were likely to be flood alerts and flood warnings in the coming days, and urged people to check the EA website for updates.

"The country has faced an extraordinary combination of weather conditions over the last six weeks and our thoughts are with those communities that have, and in some places continue to, experience flooding."

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