BRITAIN has been battered by gales of up to 50 miles an hour and torrential rain has sparked a flood alert.

Parts of England and Wales have been lashed by heavy rain – and the Met Office has dashed hopes of a sunnier week with wet and windy conditions set to continue.

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The Cobb Harbour wall in Dorset was completely awash after days of massive rain, and tourists were seen clinging on for their lives in the brutal conditions.

People in Blackpool and parts of the North braved the wet and windy conditions.

One person even rugged up and cycled along the coast as massive winds gathered.

Huge waves gathered and bashed up against train lines in Devon.

But Manchester's high streets were still packed as Brits ignored the rain and hit the shops.

And windsurfers off Scotland's coast battled the waves and lapped up the gale force winds.


South Devon and Isle of Wight bore the brunt of the massive winds which gathered a pace of up to 50mph.

And the Met Office warned Brighton and Kent should brace themselves as the strong gusts head east.

Almost all of the UK was pounded with rain today, except from same brief relief for parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland who managed to see glimpses of sunshine.

FLOOD WARNINGS

The torrential rain sparked a flood warning on the Thames and Chalgrove Brook, just outside of Oxford.

The Environmental Agency cautioned Brits to be wary of water washing away low lying roads and farmland, but said there was not a risk to people's homes.

It said: "We expect river levels to continue rising during the day." We are closely monitoring the situation."

Chilly temperatures of around 10 and 12 degrees today in the north and west of England are expected to plummet even further.

And western and southern counties on the coast could even see heavy hail and thunder overnight and into tomorrow.


Though London has managed to stave off the worst of the cold front, with highs of 16 degrees.

Temperatures will plunge to lows of 3 degrees tomorrow in parts of Scotland and northern England tomorrow

The Met Offices said Brits should expect similar blustery conditions through the rest of the week and warned parts of the UK could continue to be battered by heavy showers.

Tomorrow there will be some sunny moments in Scotland, the east of England and the midlands, but from midday onwards almost everywhere will be hit with rain.

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