UK weather: Flood warning for south Wales as rain across the country worsens

Flooding also likely in the northeast of England

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The UK will be hit by heavy rain this weekend as Wales attempts to get to grips with extensive surface water flooding caused by Friday downpours.

The Met Office issued a yellow flood warning for parts of South Wales, including Pembrokeshire and Credigion where flooding incidents have been reported.

The warning said: "Coming on top of Friday's very wet conditions, the ground will be saturated, giving rise to the risk of surface water flooding."

Natural Resources Wales currently has eight flood alerts in Wales.

Other areas of Britain are also at risk from flooding, with high winds and heavy rain sweeping in from the Atlantic.

Forecasters said people across Britain should prepare for as many as ten days of miserable weather, with gales as strong as 50mph in some places.

Flooding and a landslip shut the A77 in Scotland on Friday, with flooding also reported in County Down.

On Saturday the Environment Agency called for “immediate action” by householders after issuing flood warnings in the northeast of England.

Residents of the North-west, South-west, Midlands and Wales were also told that flooding was possible in their areas and that they should “be prepared”.

33 flood alerts and warnings are currently in force around the UK by the agency.

Four inches of rain fell in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday night, with more set to fall today.

Other than Wales, the most severe local flooding is expected at Bridlington in Yorkshire's East Riding.

The Met Office warned that many regions would receive double their usual rainfall, with a brief respite in many areas on Sunday.

The flooding comes days after the National Audit Office warned that spending on flood protection in England was “insufficient” in light of government cuts to investment.