UK weather forecast: Warnings issued for five days as flood-hit areas brace for more rain

Already flooded areas are expecting even more torrential rain

Matt Drake
Sunday 24 November 2019 11:30
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UK weather: The latest Met Office forecast

More torrential rain is forecast to hit the UK over the coming days, bringing further misery to already flooded areas.

As Saturday’s rain cleared north into Scotland and northern England, southwest England and south Wales are preparing for downpours – with yellow weather warnings in place in the region from Sunday until Wednesday.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna told The Independent: “Rain warnings are in force across Scotland, southwest of England and parts of Wales today.

“For the rest of the UK there will be a lot of dry weather until later where there will be rain moving northwards and possibly towards Northern Ireland.

“It won’t rain all the time but in the southwest and South Wales they can expect to see 10-15mm of rain and in hilly areas there could be as much as 25mm.

“These are areas that have already seen a lot of rain which as has caused a saturated ground and this could bring as much as an extra inch on top.”

By midweek, the East Midlands and South Yorkshire are also expecting a deluge on top of the ground already flooded earlier this month, with a yellow weather warning, and the possibility of flooding, already in place.

Mr Petagna continued: “Low pressure will mean parts of the UK will see rain at some point which is why there are warnings in force until Wednesday.

“On Wednesday Yorkshire has a rain warning in place until 6:00pm. This will bring further risks to the area, especially the South which has already seen flooding.

“We can also expect to see some very strong winds, especially in coastal areas.

“But the weather should hopefully all quieten down by Friday.”

Doncaster Council said more than 900 homes and businesses in the town were affected by the rain earlier this month.

Met Office weather forecaster Alex Burkill said on Saturday evening: “The heavy rain that affected parts of England today has moved north and it’s mainly across Scotland right now.

“That’s where we’ve got the warning for tonight, and the heaviest rain and greatest impacts will be there.”

Photographs showed flash flooding in areas such as Clyst St Mary in Exeter.

Seven flood warnings are in place across England and Wales on Saturday, alongside 60 less severe flood alerts.

Mr Burkill added: “Across the next five days we have got warnings for each day.

“On Wednesday it’s covering that area of Yorkshire and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, that area which saw the severe flooding.

“At the moment, the rainfall is not expected to be particularly heavy for the time of year, but we are expecting it to be significant.

“There are likely to be some impacts.”

Additional reporting by Press Association

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