Thursday 22 February 2018

Further flood warnings in UK as downpour expected today

People struggle to move a caravan in stuck in the mud in a campsite at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Photo: PA
People struggle to move a caravan in stuck in the mud in a campsite at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Photo: PA
Workers clear rubble that has been washed down from the hills by flash floods in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Tom Lawrence

PARTS of Britain have been warned to expect further flooding today as forecasters predict yet more downpours.

A band of heavy and persistent rain is set to hit the South West this morning before spreading across southern parts of England and Wales during the afternoon.



The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain across the south and south west of England, saying that flooding is likely due to the already rain-sodden ground.



Weather expert Helen Roberts, who works for the national forecaster, said: "Today will see a decent, sunny start for most places but a band of heavy rain is expected to reach western Cornwall later this morning and extend east across the rest of southern England and southern Wales during the afternoon.



"We are not expecting huge rainfall totals but because of the recent weather the ground is very saturated so any rain could cause localised flooding."



The Environment Agency (EA) has issued two flood warnings in the South West and 24 flood alerts across other parts of England.



There are growing fears that the bad weather could affect the Olympic torch relay, which visits Wiltshire and Dorset over the coming days.



Britain has already had the wettest April and June on record, with flash floods bringing misery up and down the country.



The bad weather is set to continue tomorrow with the heavy rain moving across the Midlands, East Anglia and parts of northern England.



Gemma Plumb, forecaster at MeteoGroup, the Press Association's weather division, said parts of England and Wales also face the risk of thunderstorms and localised torrential downpours.



Saturday will see scattered showers with the risk of thunder and heavy rain bursts in southern and eastern parts of England, but Sunday could bring a dry spell to large swathes of the UK.



Thunderstorms and persistent showers drenched the south coast of England yesterday.



The area around Christchurch, near the Dorset coast, also saw about 52mm of rain in just three hours.



Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the EA, said: "The combination of saturated land, high river levels and further forecasts of deluges of rain mean people must remain vigilant."

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