Met Office New Year’s Eve weather warnings for heavy rain and 70mph winds in UK
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    It is going to be a wet, windy and cold farewell to 2022 for parts of the UK.

    Weather warnings have been issued for heavy rain, 70mph winds and ice by the Met Office for New Year's Eve.

    And downpours across southern and central Scotland have already led to travel disruption in the build-up to Hogmanay due to flooding.

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    Elsewhere, a yellow warning for rain in the south-west of England and much of Wales will also be in place until 9pm on the final evening of the year.

    Those regions could also see flooding at homes and businesses and the disruption of public transport services.

    Much of Scotland is also subject to a yellow warning for ice until 11am this morning with the Met Office reporting that short-term power cuts are possible, along with big waves on sea fronts.

    Central, eastern and western Scotland saw rail services disrupted yesterday on key routes between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Fife, Inverclyde and the North Clyde line from Helensburgh.

    Some services have resumed as water levels drop but ScotRail are urging customers to check their app and social media platforms for information updates.

    After the River Almond burst its banks at Gogarburn, flights from Edinburgh Airport were also delayed last night due to water on the runway.

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    The Somerset village of Muchelney, which has already been hit by flooding over the last few days, is bracing itself for more adverse conditions, meanwhile, with today forecast to be the wetter day of the weekend.

    Northern England and Scotland could also see snow as 2022 makes way for 2023, whilst England's south-west coast will be buffeted by strong winds, although temperatures will be mild.

    In the south, daytime highs of 13C are expected, with Wales hitting 12C and the north of England 10C.

    Scotland and Northern Ireland will endure single digits, though, with the mercury unlikely to rise higher than 6C.

    Met Office senior meteorologist Marco Petagna said: "The start of the New Year looks a little bit quieter but briefly colder, although further wet and windy weather will arrive from Tuesday onwards."


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