UK braces for 'weather bomb' as storm Brian moves in

Heavy rain
Heavy rain

Storm Brian is expected to batter the UK coast days after Ophelia wreaked destruction.

Heavy rain and gusts of 50mph are expected widely across southern England and the west of Wales on Saturday, and winds could reach 70mph in exposed areas.

The wild conditions, caused by a "weather bomb" over the Atlantic Ocean, may cause coastal flooding and affect transport, the Met Office said.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said: "Dramatic waves could pose a threat to life and there will be quite hazardous conditions along the seafront."

He warned thrillseekers not to risk their safety by posing for "storm selfies" along the coast.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued in affected areas, valid from 4am to midnight on Saturday.

Wide parts of the country could see between 15mm and 25mm of rainfall, with deluges of up to 60mm in isolated areas.

Northern Ireland, one of the areas worst affected by Storm Ophelia, is also braced for further disruption when a band of rain moves in from the west on Thursday.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued across the region, valid from 3pm to midnight.

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts warned that heavy rain would be falling on already saturated ground and could cause flooding and affect properties.

She said: "It will be fairly patchy to begin with but then it looks like through the afternoon and into the evening it becomes heavier and more persistent and more widespread."

Around 40mm of rain is expected in parts of Northern Ireland and 60mm is possible over the mountains.