Heavy rainy weather puts Britain on high flood alert

The Environmental Agency have warned that parts of Britain could be hit by flooding as heavy rain is predicted to sweep across the areas of the country in the next couple of days with 18 flood alerts already in place for the south-west, Midlands, Anglian and north-east regions.

People in Wales and south-west England have seen up to 15-20mm of rain overnight, with the wet weather expected to move east through this morning. More heavy rain is expected to continue tonight and rainfall levels could hit 30mm by Saturday. A yellow warning has been issued that urges people to remain aware and alert regarding the severe weather.

According to the Met Office: “Periods of heavy rain are likely across the southern half of Wales, south-west England and the south-west Midlands from the beginning of Friday until Saturday morning.

“It is looking increasingly likely that one area of heavy rain will move through during the small hours of Friday followed by a drier interlude, before further heavy, persistent rain moves eastwards later on Friday into the early hours of Saturday.

“However there still remains considerable uncertainty in the details of the heavy rain by late Friday and the warning may be adjusted further as the event approaches. The public should be aware of the possibility of disruption to travel due to localised flooding.”

A forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, Nick Prebble has said 30mm of rain could hit areas of southern England and Wales and added: “It’s going to be a wet one, the spell of rain from overnight should clear away during the day, but another pulse will move in later brining some heavy bursts.”

Met Office forecaster, Greg Dewhurst said that heavy rain began to move in across Devon, Cornwall and southern Wales on Thursday with up to 20mm falling in places during the early hours. Similar rainfall is expected overnight on Friday.

Temperatures are expected to reach 15C in southern areas, 17C in London and 14C in the north.              

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