STORM Alex is set to smash Britain this weekend bringing flash floods and 65mph gales from northern France.
The UK will be hit with a 900-mile wide “Atlantic torment” from Thursday to Saturday as we move into a wet and windy October.
There is a yellow weather warning in place this week, bringing intense wind and rain to parts of the UK.
It comes as Storm Alex – named by the French meteorological service – moves across northern France and into the Channel, bringing potential flooding, large waves and delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport to southern England.
On Friday, the southern coast of England has a yellow warning in place as wet and windy weather is expected to bring flooding and transport disruption.
The Met Office said: "Rain and showers overnight Thursday into Friday will turn heavier and more persistent during Friday morning, along with a strengthening east to north easterly wind.
"Some places could receive 40-50mm over the course of 12-18 hours, most likely in the south of this region, combined with gusts of 45-55mph inland during Friday morning rush hour.
"Some coastal regions exposed to the south-east could experience gusts of 60-65mph."
Most of the UK will see heavy rain across the three-day period – with winds reaching speeds of 65mph.
Oli Claydon, a Met Office forecaster, said: "On Wednesday evening bands of rain will push from west to east, with most parts of the UK seeing some kind of rainfall.
"Thursday should be bright for large parts of England and Wales, with scattered showers here and there, though Scotland will remain under cloud.
"But by Friday this will become a lot more unsettled, as low pressure moves in from France along with Storm Alex, bringing with it wet and windy weather, particularly along the south coast."
The autumn forecast warned of windier than normal conditions.
Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “The Atlantic jetstream will really power up and could generate very wet and windy weather late in the week.
“Computer models show potential for deep areas of low pressure.”
Leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on next month being the wettest October on record in the UK to 6-4 (from 3-1) as the early forecasts point to a damp month.
"It's going to be a very damp start to October and with Storm Aiden set to bring with it torrential downpours, the odds have been slashed on it being a record wet month," said Coral's John Hill.
A Met Office forecaster said: “It turns increasingly unsettled through midweek with rain and strong winds.
“The period until October 9 will be generally windy, with a risk of gales, potentially severe, particularly in the North.
“The heaviest and most prolonged spells of rain will begin in the North and West, but are likely to become more widespread across the UK.
“It will feel cold through early October and frost is possible at night.
“Mid-October has a potential change to dry spells, with rain and strong winds at times.”
Leon Brown, head of meteorological operations at The Weather Company’s Weather Channel arm, added: “Around five named storms are forecast this autumn and winter.
“A succession of Atlantic low pressure areas over the next two weeks could see gusts of up to 60-70mph in the West, with high rainfall amounts and risks of floods and travel disruption.”
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