WEATHER: High winds to make for challenging driving conditions

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Drivers across Derbyshire are being advised to take precautions on the road today - with gales expected to reach 70mph.

The weather is expected to brighten up as the day goes on according to the Met Office, but the wind will remain high.

But road users, particularly those travelling south to see friends and relatives, can expect delays.

Currently there are 53 flood warnings and 148 flood alerts in place across Britain, however the Environment Agency has warned the number may increase.

“It is possible that heavy rain may worsen the current flooding situation in some areas with rivers responding quickly to rain falling on already saturated ground,” a statement on the agency website said.

“Ongoing river flooding across the Somerset Levels, River Severn, River Thames and River Ouse in Cambridgeshire and rivers across Essex is expected.”