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UK to be battered by Storm Aiden and remnants of Hurricane Zeta

The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings across much of Britain (Picture: Getty Images)

Brace yourselves windy weather, heavy downpours and chances of flooding ‘almost anywhere’ this weekend.

The Met Office has predicted a storm moving from the west of the UK today, followed by the tail edge of a hurricane on Sunday.

Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place until 9pm tonight for northern Ireland, the west coast of England, Scotland and Wales.

Forecasters warn all areas should expect travel disruption, potential power cuts and even flooding. 

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said he expects flooding could happen ‘almost anywhere’ in the country, and that Storm Aiden will move from the west to the east throughout today. 

He said: ‘Overnight it will be less blustery with some clear spells, though showers could continue in Scotland.

People sheltering underneath umbrellas as they walk on Wimbledon Common (Picture: REX)

‘On Sunday we are seeing more rain to come from the south west, again affecting the whole of the UK.

‘This is gradually quietening down coming into next week, when we will see a big change towards more settled weather.’

Wind speeds are expected to reach highs of up to 75mph on the islands off Scotland, with up to 70mph winds on the west coast.

But temperatures are looking ‘very mild for this time of year’, according to Mr Petagna, who said Saturday and Sunday are looking at highs of 16C in the south and 11C in the north. 

The storm has already caused disruption as lifeguards had to rescue a man at 5am this morning after his yacht was capsized by a ‘large freak wave’ off the Isles of Scilly, south-west England.

The Frenchman and his 34-foot yacht were saved six miles from the coast by Falmouth Coastguard’s helicopter and an RNLI lifeboat.

Duty controller at the National Maritime Operations Centre Ian Guy said: ‘The yachtsman described being hit by a large freak wave which capsized, rolled and disabled the vessel and with a such a severe gale forecast for the area this morning, it was important to get assistance out to this small sailing vessel quickly.

‘Happily, the skipper of the vessel is uninjured and the RNLI crew of the St Marys lifeboat were able to secure a tow in challenging conditions and bring the vessel into harbour on the Isles of Scilly.’

A motorists checks the depth of a flooded road as the River Conwy bursts its banks in Llanrwst, Wales (Picture: Getty Images)

Scotland is set to be the worst-hit by floods, as there are 12 warnings in place for areas on the west coast and regions including Dundee and Angus, Tayside, and Orkney islands.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) issued 11 flood alerts today for at risk areas.

The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood alerts for locations scattered across England from Cumbria to Bournemouth, and Natural Resources Wales has put 33 alerts in place.

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