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A new Met Office weather warning is set to come into force in just hours with heavy rain predicted to cause flash flooding in areas. The forecaster has placed 19 regions across the south-east, south-west and Wales under a yellow weather warning for rain.

It comes into place from 8pm today (Easter Sunday) and lasts until just before midnight. In a statement it said: “Evening rain will be heavy at times, and perhaps accompanied by an isolated rumble of thunder.

“In a few places 20 to 30 mm of rain may build up over a relatively short period of time.”

In terms of what to expect, the Met Office is warning of sudden difficult driving conditions, with already limited bus services and public transport on Bank Holiday potentially being affected.

Flooding on the roads could also cause delays into the evening. The short and sharp warning, which will expire after just four hours was issued earlier today.

The UK-wide forecast for Bank Holiday Monday (April 1) adds: “[It will be] largely dry in the north with sunnier spells in the northwest. Cloudier elsewhere with rain, heavy at times pushing northwards. Heavier showers developing in the south, though feeling rather warm.”

As the new month progresses over the next fornight, the forecaster predicts an ongoing unsettled spell made up of high winds, rain, glimmers of sunshine and some progressing warmth.

From April 5 to 14 it says: “The ongoing unsettled spell of weather seems likely to continue into this period with little sign of any dramatic change. Areas of rain are likely to become more widespread across the UK through the first few days of the period, with western hills likely to see the largest rainfall totals.

“Probably widely windy, with a risk of spells of gales, or even severe gales at first in the exposed west and south. Over the following week, there may be trend towards slightly longer spells of more settled weather from the south-east, pushing the focus of most frequent rain towards the northwest.

“Whilst possibly cold in the extreme north at first, above average temperatures, albeit tempered by cloud and rain, will prevail overall.”

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