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Heavy rains and floods to mar UK in next 48 hours

Written on:October 5, 2023
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18 flood alerts are in place as heavy rains and floods are expected in the UK

The Met Office forecasts that the UK will see more flooding and heavy rainfall 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 south-west England and Wales have witnessed downpour of 15 to 20mm overnight, with the wet weather expected to travel further east before clearing. The Met Office said that heavy rains are expected later and rainfall readings could reach 30mm by Saturday. The Met Office has issued severe weather alerts for Wales, the West Midlands and south-west England.

With the yellow warning in place, which cautions people to be prepared, the Met Office said, “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”, the Met Office forecast said.

The Met Office warned of the possible disruptions in travel that could occur due to the flooding. However, the UK weather forecasters also said that considerable uncertainty in the details of the heavy rain by late Friday still remains, and the flood warnings are likely to change as the weather unfolds.

Nick Prebble, a MeteoGroup weather forecaster from the weather division of the Press Association, said 30mm of rain could hit areas of southern England and Wales. ”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 bringing some heavy bursts.”

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