Met Office weather warning today with 65mph gales and heavy rain set to bring travel chaos after coldest bank holiday

THE wet and windy May Bank Holiday marked the start of some fairly turbulent weather after the Met Office issued more warnings.

The south of the country will be battered by 65mph wind today, after yesterday saw the UK's coldest May Bank Holiday ever.

A yellow warning for wind has been put in place for most of the south.

It will remain in place until 9am, with forecasters warning of gusts of up to 65mph to hit.

The heavy rain will continue to push through parts of England and Wales.

The Met Office said that the weather could spark delays on the roads and railways and could also affect air travel and ferry transport.

Fallen tree branches could also damage fences, signs and smaller structures like sheds.

"The winds should gradually ease through Tuesday morning," the Met Office said.

"The strong winds will be accompanied by some heavy rain at times."

The bout of unsettled weather is due to an area of low pressure which is pushing eastwards – but it's expected to clear later today.

For eastern parts there will be a cloudy and wet start, but sunshine and showers are expected for much of the day elsewhere, according to the Met Office.

Temperatures are expected to hit 12C in southern areas but stay a chilly 8C further north.

A "cool feel" will remain in the air into Wednesday, with further showers forecast for the north and east.

Yesterday saw the mercury tumble to a chilly -5 in the morning. It was followed by gales and heavy rain for most of the country.

That made it exactly as cold as it was this time in 2012 – which was the coldest on record.

According to the Met Office temperatures at this time of year should range between 13C and 16C.

The weather worsened for Bank Holiday Monday thanks to a band of low pressure from the Atlantic.

The rainy conditions are expected to continue into the week and it seems like it will only start to warm up from mid May.

Meanwhile Ladbrooks have slashed their odds on this May being the wettest on record.

With Britain set to be battered by heavy storms over the coming days, the bookies have cut odds from 3/1 to just 5/2 on this going down as the wettest May ever.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: "It's looking increasingly likely this could go down as a record-breaking wet May if the latest odds are anything to go by.

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