BRITS have braved torrential rain and gales today as shoppers queue around the block in a weekend weather washout.

Despite the wet weather people were determined to enjoy their Saturday – sitting outside for coffee under umbrellas and heading out for walks.

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It is in stark contrast to yesterday's sunshine and blue skies.

But not to be put off Brits have been snapped enjoying their days off, bundled up in anoraks and brandishing umbrellas.

Pub garden plans and Saturday lunches out with pals may have been dampened – with Brits only allowed to enjoy drinks and food outdoors.

But, being well-used to being outside with friends after months of lockdown, people have boldly carried on with their plans.

The Met Office warned of "persistent rain, heavy at times, may cause some difficult driving conditions and travel disruption".

Adding: "Rain will be heavy at times, especially Saturday morning.

"Rain may ease in some areas during the afternoon before becoming heavier and more persistent again during the evening.

"25 to 50 mm of rain may fall quite widely across the warning area and as much as 75 to 125 mm is possible over parts of the Brecon Beacons."

Rain is blighting almost all areas of the country today, moving from the south to the north over the day.

The temperature will remain mild but with plenty of rain and wind still.

Tomorrow is still set for showers but some sunny breaks in the north and south east.

Stormy weather and torrential rain brought a flood warning today after it sent river levels surging.

Families in low-lying areas especially in river valleys were told to beware.

The Environment Agency issued a flood alert as two rivers in the Midlands rose following a night of heavy rain.

And five flood alerts are out in South Wales where rain has bucketed down too.

With more rain forecast, the Environment Agency said people should check the 'alert' website frequently, just in case.

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