Torrential rain and 50mph winds on way as weather warning issued

Further wet and windy spells forecast as Storm Barney sweeps across the UK and East Anglia todaya

Cloud and drizzle is forecast for today - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to hit Suffolk and north Essex on Bank Holiday Monday, as forecasters issue a yellow warning for blustery weather.

Gusts of 40mph to 50mph - and potentially even as high as 60mph on the coast - are expected in the south of England, Met Office experts say, from Monday morning until noon on Tuesday.

Blustery weather will be accompanied by some heavy rain at times, forecasters added, with the wet conditions swept in by a vigorous area of low pressure.

Forecasters said: "A vigorous area of low pressure is likely to cross Northern England on Monday.

"Strong winds are expected to the south of the low centre with gusts widely 40mph to 50mph, but perhaps as high as 60mph around some coasts and hills of England and South Wales.

"The winds should gradually ease through Tuesday morning and will be accompanied by some heavy rain at times."

Monday will see much more widespread rain of up to 40-50mm alongside strong winds.

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The Met Office yellow weather warning for wind is in place from noon on Monday until 9am on Tuesday, covering Suffolk and Essex.

ITV weather expert Chris Page tweeted to urge people to check tents and gazebos are secured down safely, with many outside in pub gardens. 

The Six Bells in Preston St Mary, near Lavenham, has already announced it will be closing on Monday due to the bad weather.