Several Premier League games could be at risk of postponement this weekend, after the Met Office upgraded the warning over Storm Dennis.
The United Kingdom is braced for more heavy rain and strong winds this weekend, just days after the country was hit by Storm Ciara, which brought similar conditions and prompted the postponement of the Premier League game between Manchester City and West Ham United.
That game was postponed on Sunday after conditions at the Etihad Stadium were deemed to be unsafe, following torrential rain and strong winds.
And several games in the top flight could be in jeopardy this weekend, with Storm Dennis set to hit on Saturday and Sunday.
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The storm will bring severe flooding and heavy rain to much of the UK this weekend, the Met Office has warned, with several amber warnings issued for torrential rain in different parts of the country.
Four separate warnings are currently in place on Sunday; two that cover the south of England, one for south Wales and another in the north west of England.
Both Arsenal and Tottenham are scheduled to play on Sunday, with Spurs in Birmingham to face Aston Villa, where a yellow warning is in place for strong winds, while the Gunners are at home against Newcastle, with an amber warning in place for London over heavy rain.
Chelsea are also due to play in London on Monday night, at home against Manchester United.
Previously, it was not anticipated that the matches on Sunday and Monday would be heavily impacted by the weather, but the upgraded warnings are now in place, although Saturday is still expected to be the “most hazardous day”, according to the Met Office.
“While it is going to be very windy, they look like they will be a touch down to what we saw with Storm Ciara,” Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said, as quoted by The Mirror.
The forecasted conditions could also affect the Premier League games at Southampton and Norwich on Saturday, with Burnley and Liverpool the respective opponents for the two sides.
Severe gales and heavy rain are forecasted to push east across the country and the Met Office has warned that fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, with a good chance that some communities may be cut off by flooded roads.