The second named storm of the season, Storm Babet, will bring “impactful” heavy rain and strong winds to the North East from Wednesday (October 18), the Met Office has said.

As part of the storm, a four-day yellow weather warning has been put in place for the region from 9pm on Wednesday to 6am on Saturday, as residents have been warned of the impact of Storm Babet. 

The second named storm of the season will last from Wednesday to Saturday, the Met Office said, and is expected to cause flooding, power cuts and travel disruption.

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As much as 150 to 200mm of rain is expected to fall on central and eastern areas of Scotland and there is a possibility of 70mph gale-force winds affecting northern parts of the UK, forecasters warned.

Parts of England can expect more than 100mm of rainfall during the week with some isolated areas facing up to 150mm.

Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesman, said: “A disruptive period of weather is on the way.

“There’s some high totals (of rain) which has the potential to disrupt travel plans… possibility of power cuts as well as the obvious risk of flooding.

Darlington and Stockton Times: A yellow weather warning A yellow weather warning (Image: MET OFFICE)

“As you look at Wednesday, the first pulse of rain is looking to particularly influence Northern Ireland, Wales and the southwest of England, and into Thursday.

“But it’s as you move from Thursday and into the week that shift very much focuses more towards central and eastern Scotland, but also some central and eastern areas of England as well.”

Darlington and Stockton Times: High rain is forecast for the regionHigh rain is forecast for the region (Image: PA MEDIA)

He added that further weather warnings are likely to be announced by the Met Office in the coming days.

For those four days, there is a very high chance of rain, while temperatures are set to plummet towards 12 degrees over the course of the week. 

Here is the forecast from Wednesday to Saturday in the North East:

Wednesday: 14 degrees - a 50 per cent chance of rain.

Thursday: 15 degrees - a 90 per cent chance of rain.

Friday: 13 degrees - an 80 per cent chance of rain.

Saturday: 10 degrees - a 50 per cent chance of rain. 

Storm Babet is expected to bring wind and rain with it, as people have been warned by the Met Office about a slight disruption in public transport, dangers in making unnecessary journeys, and a slight warning of some flooding in isolated areas.

Here is what the Met Office has warned about: 

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • There is a small chance that some communities will become cut off by flooded roads
  • There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses