UK weather: Met Office issues yellow weather warnings as rain to sweep across country this weekend

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Weather warnings for rain have been issued for parts of the UK over the course of this weekend.

Eight flood warnings are in place in England - five in the Lake District, one in Slad Brook near Gloucester, and two in England's southwest: the River Clyst and River Isle.

In Wales, there are two flood warnings in force for the River Taf in Whitland.

Thirteen flood warnings are in place in Scotland - seven of them in the Scottish Borders region, three in Tayside, and one each in Dumfries and Galloway; Edinburgh and Lothians; and Findhorn, Nairn, Moray, and Speyside.

The Met Office has a rain alert in place for southwest and central Scotland until midday on Saturday, warning that flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely and travel could be disrupted.

Some 10-20mm is expected to fall quite widely across the area, much of this in only a few hours, and on wet or saturated ground.

Heavier rainfall of 30-40mm is possible across parts of Dumfries and Galloway, mainly on the hills, but rain will clear away eastwards later in the morning.

An area from Dumfries in Scotland to Tywyn in Wales, including Bangor, Blackpool, Lancaster, Carlisle and Keswick, is subject to a rain warning from 3am on Sunday until 6am on Monday.

The Met Office said: "Several further spells of heavy rain are likely to impact this region, bringing some further localised flooding and travel disruption."

A separate yellow weather warning for rain is also in place across the south of the UK and southern Wales from midnight on Saturday night until 3pm on Sunday.

It comes as the clean-up continues in parts of Cumbria and southern Scotland that were flooded on Thursday and Friday.

Two bridges were washed away and around 40 properties were flooded, with homes evacuated and transport disrupted after heavy downpours.

But the Environment Agency said that 1,450 properties were protected, in part due to new flood defences installed in areas such as Cockermouth.

Ben Lukey, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: "The public need to stay on alert this weekend and into early next week as surface water and river flooding could still bring disruption in the southwest as well as part of northern England.

"Environment Agency teams have been out on the ground clearing grilles and screens where flood debris can build up and impede river flows, and stand ready to operate flood defences if needed."

A number of train routes were disrupted, including the West Coast Main Line, which had speed restrictions in Scotland on Friday morning after extreme rainfall.

On Saturday morning, South Western Railway said its west of England line was affected by recent heavy rain, with speed restrictions in place in the Crewkerne (Somerset) and Axminster (Devon) areas.

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