UK weather yellow warnings issued as heavy rain expected in several parts of Britain

After much of the southeast of England was covered with fog over the weekend, the Met Office has warned the UK is set to be battered with heavy rain on Tuesday, with the potential to cause some flooding. 

An expected band of rain is due to move east across southern parts of England and Wales on Tuesday morning until 1pm, with parts of South Wales, Devon, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire among the worst affected.

Later in the day, heavy rain in eastern Scotland may lead to some flooding and disruption to travel until 9pm, the Met Office said.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said that there was a chance the south and west of England could also experience thunder on Wednesday.

"Showers could locally be heavy and there's a chance you might see thunder, mostly in coastal areas to the south and the west," she said.

"In general, any rain today will continue to push slowly eastwards across the country tomorrow, becoming persistent in the north, with gales in (the) northeast.

"Sunshine and heavy showers following into south and west later."

This heavy rainfall may lead to some flooding and disruption to travel, including bus and train services taking longer than usual.

It comes just over a week since flooding caused road and rail disruption as heavy rainfall caused by Storm Claudio hit parts of Britain.

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Ms Maxey went on to predict that as the week progresses, the weather will likely remain unsettled, with some drier spells likely.

"It will stay unsettled and often windy with showers or longer spells of rain across most areas this week, although there will be some drier spells for many too," she continued.

"Gales or severe gales in the far northeast."

She added: "Temperatures are expected to drop this week back towards what we would expect for this time of year."

The yellow weather warning comes after dozens of flights were cancelled at Heathrow airport on Monday due to the fog engulfing London.

British Airways cancelled 15 domestic and short-haul departures from the London hub airport.

London City Airport encouraged passengers via social media to check the status of their flight before travelling to the airport due to lingering fog.

In some areas, the Met Office predicted visibility would be reduced to "around 100 meters" until 10am, potentially having caused issues for commuters on Monday morning.