Cardiff is about to be ravaged by Storm Barney

No, not the dinosaur from the popular television show

Winds of up to 80mph will hit Wales this afternoon and tonight.

Heavy rain has already caused damage further into the country – rain warnings have also been issued for England and Wales.

The unsettling weather is the result of low pressure systems moving in from the Atlantic and meeting high pressure areas over Cardiff.

Flash flooding in Cathays last year saw two women strip off before going for a leisurely swim on Lowther Road

Forecasters say there is due to be a change in the weather at the end of the week, with colder air spreading from the north and bringing wintry showers to northern parts of the UK, particularly over the hills.

The Environment Agency’s Craig Woolhouse urged people to remain alert to the risk and to “stay away from raging rivers”.

“With so much standing water around, we ask people to stay out of flood water and not attempt to walk or drive through it.”