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  • 25 August 2014, 13:27

Rain Threatens Bank Holiday Travel Disruption

Motorists returning from Bank Holiday weekend breaks have been advised to take extra care on the roads due to heavy rain and strong winds causing difficult driving conditions.

On one of the busiest days of the year for travellers, a yellow weather alert has been issued by the Met Office, with some parts of the UK facing more than an inch (30mm) of rainfall.

As a result, localised flooding is likely, with a lot of surface water and spray on the roads and threatening to disrupt some outdoor events.

Monday is set to be the worst of what has been a disappointing long weekend weather-wise, with rain moving eastwards across south-west England and Wales, and heavier rainfall in the South East from lunchtime.

Temperatures are not predicted to get much higher than 19C (66F), and forecasters say it will feel cooler during spells of rain.

Sky News weather presenter Nazaneen Ghaffar said: "Most of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic will see bands of heavy rain slowly spreading north-eastwards today.

"The rain will be heavy at times with some torrential bursts, especially across central and southern areas.

"High rainfall totals are likely in places, exceeding 15mm quite widely and some places could see more than 30mm.

"Localised flooding is likely and a lot of surface water could cause disruption to holiday travel and any outdoor activities such as the Notting Hill carnival.

"Winds will also be locally strong and gusty."

Scotland, where it is not a bank holiday, is set to enjoy the best of the weather, with a bright and dry forecast.