UK weather: Strong winds and heavy rain to batter country as storm moves on

Storm Brendan is moving on but parts of the UK are preparing for another battering of strong winds and heavy rain, with weather warnings remaining in place for England, Wales and much of Scotland.

Airlines were forced to divert flights on Monday due to the extreme conditions, which saw trees collapse north of the border and hundreds of homes lose power in Northern Ireland.

While wind speeds on Tuesday will fall short of the 80mph gusts experienced by some, they could be powerful enough to cause further delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

A Met Office yellow warning for wind is in place across England and Wales, while a warning for rain covers parts of the South East and south coast.

For many it could end up being windier on Tuesday than it was on Monday, when 87mph gusts were recorded on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and 76mph in Capel Curig, northwest Wales.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: "It's not Storm Brendan - Storm Brendan has moved northwards by this point.

"It's not too far away so we're still under the influence of it, but this new feature that comes in is going to bring some heavy and persistent rain across much of the UK, with very strong winds."

On Tuesday, winds up to 70mph are still possible in places - and 50mph gusts are likely in inland areas.

In the South East, where there is a yellow warning for rain, forecasters are warning that homes and businesses could flood - and flood alerts are also in place further west towards Devon and Cornwall.

The Environment Agency currently has 79 flood alerts in place across England, meaning flooding is possible, and seven flood warnings that mean "immediate action is required" because flooding is expected.

Mr Burkill said areas most at risk of flooding were those that had experienced a particularly wet December.

In Scotland, there is also a yellow warning for snow and ice covering central Scotland, Tayside, Fife, Angus, Perth and Kinross, Grampian, Highlands and Argyll and Bute.

The Met Office has said icy patches are likely on any untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued 29 flood warnings and 16 flood alerts.

Conditions across the UK are expected to be drier and brighter by the weekend, but will remain unsettled for most of the rest of the week.