Storm Francis to bring carnage and batter the British Isles from tonight

Persistent rain, severe winds of more than 70mph and a drop in temperature across the country are all forecast for the week ahead.

The Met Office issued yellow warnings to the nation with 4 inches of rain and strong winds that will hamper the country just days after Storm Ellen passed.

The latest warning is in place for all of Tuesday through to 6am on Wednesday.

This is what to expect:

Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.

Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer.

Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely.

Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely.

The Met Office said: “Storm Francis will bring another spell of very wet and windy weather during Tuesday and early Wednesday.

“Total rainfall accumulations are expected to reach 20 to 40 mm widely across the area, whilst over hills larger totals are likely with as much as 60-80 mm in a few places.”

It said: “Wind and rain warnings are in force for Tuesday as another named storm impacts the UK.

“A deep area of low pressure will cross the UK from Monday night, bringing wind gusts of 60mph and potentially 70mph in exposed western locations and also heavy rain for many.

“A yellow wind warning is in force for the whole of Wales and most of England until midday on Wednesday.

“Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.

“The rain is expected to be heaviest in Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland where 60-90mm in total could fall as the storm moves from west to east.”

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said “The UK is in for another unseasonably wet and windy spell with Storm Francis arriving on Tuesday.

“There will be strong winds and heavy rain, especially in the west of the UK.

“A number of severe weather warnings have been issued and these warnings can be updated regularly so please keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast.”

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