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Autumnal weather blights UK motorists

By: Chris Taylor
06 September 2011

Drivers are being warned to take care on the country's roads this week as wind and rain batter the UK making driving conditions hazardous.

The Met Office is predicting a spate of autumnal weather that could easily impair those with driving jobs or even those just dropping off the children - who began their new school term today.

Heavy rain, strong winds, thunder, lightning and hail are all predicted over the coming week across the whole country, according to Met Office forecaster Tom Morgan.

He told Guardian.co.uk: "I think at the moment we are considering weather warnings, it depends on how we see things panning out, but there is certainly a chance."

Winds could reach up to speeds of 50 miles-per-hour in exposed areas, such as beaches, particularly along the South coast and Western Wales. It is being reported that gales are bringing down trees. This is seriously affecting the speed of traffic and blocking roads entirely.

Already, BBC News is reporting that the Environment Agency Wales (EAW) has issued flood warnings in the Conwy Valley and Powys.

Meanwhile, in Hampshire, Hayley Court of the Hampshire Constabulary advises that drivers "brake slowly and gently in order to slow down."

"Driving in rain means your stopping distance will double on a wet road so ensure you maintain a safe distance and slow to a safe speed, as there will be a reduction in tyre grip," she told the Portsmouth.co.uk news site.

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