UK weather forecast sparks flood warnings with tidal surges and heavy rain set to batter Britain’s coast today

The Sun newspaper has reported that the Government has issued a string of flood warnings as Britain’s coast prepares to be battered by tidal surges and heavy rain today.

The Thames Barrier was closed yesterday to protect London from being swamped as the country braces for bad weather.

Felixstowe in Suffolk, Maldon in Essex and Sandsend in North Yorks have all been told to expect flooding.

The people of West Mersea in Essex and the towns of Hornsea and Kilnsea in the East Riding of Yorks were also told to take “immediate action”.

And there are 32 flood alerts across the country, with people in those areas warned to “be prepared” as flooding is “possible”.

Six flood warnings are currently in place – all along the East Coast of the UK.

People across the country are set for a cold and wet weekend as temperatures drop – before wind and rain returns to batter the country next week.

After hundreds of homes were plunged into darkness and travel was severely disrupted Wednesday night during 60mph winds, it looks like the UK could see more of this wintry weather.

A Met Office spokesman said: “It will still be windy, especially round the north east coast but the threat of these gales over the eastern side are moderating, so we shouldn’t see anything in terms of impact.

“There’s going to be a lot of leaves, otherwise we will see some fine weather following on behind with some rain to move through.