The UK is set for a day of wet and wild weather today (November 17) with Newcastle among a number of areas in the North East, Scotland and the Midlands under a yellow weather warning for rain. The warning came into effect at midnight and is set to continue until 11.50pm this evening.
With heavy rain hitting the city leading to a small chance of flooding around the area, the Met Office’s weather warning system advises Newcastle residents, homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings and a small chance some communities may be temporarily cut off by flooded roads.
Those who are driving in the weather conditions can also expect spray and flooding leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures, while delays or cancellations of train and bus services are likely. Travel updates for the roads can be found through the AA’s Roadwatch service, while public transport updates can be found at Go North East and Nexus for their respective services.
The UK Government website has not issued any flood warnings for Newcastle so far, but should flash flooding occur official advice for residents is to prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents. It is also recommended residents continue to check for any Flood Alerts and Flood Warnings, while the weather warning is in effect.
There is predicted to be a brief respite over the weekend in Newcastle, with the Met Office forecasting the heavy rain will subside into cloudy conditions from Friday afternoon and Saturday. However, the rain is set to return on Sunday before making way for cloudy conditions to end the weekend, leading into a dry yet dull start to Monday morning.