Better outlook - but rain threat remains

FLOODS Portsmouth's Eastern Road. Picture: Martin Jedrysiak
FLOODS Portsmouth's Eastern Road. Picture: Martin Jedrysiak
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FORECASTERS say the weather is set to improve as strong winds and heavy downpours battered the south.

Stormy conditions caused adverse conditions for motorists yesterday morning.

The Met Office issued an amber warning for the south east region, and Hampshire Constabulary warned drivers to stay safe on the roads.

There were delays on the M27 after a car and a van collided at junction 12, westbound, at around 8.45am. No-one was seriously hurt in the collision.

A total of 31.8mm (1.25in) of rain was recorded in some parts of Hampshire and there were wind speeds of around 48mph recorded in the Solent.

Dave Britton, spokesman for the Met Office, said the region can expect improved weather as the week progresses, but there will be threats of showers throughout.

He said: ‘It gets a lot brighter. It will be dry in some places but there is a continued risk of showers.

‘There will be more cloud around on Wednesday and there is a chance we might see long spells of rain.

‘The picture will be more improved than it was on Monday.’

Amateur photographer Martin Jedrysiak, from Stamshaw, said: ‘There was some flooding on Southsea Common but drivers were going very carefully around cyclists.’