UK Weather: Flood warnings as England and Wales hit for 20 hours of heavy rain

Continued heavy rain is expected to hit England and Wales, with three-day warnings from the Met Office.

Plenty of flood warnings and warnings are already in place for much of the country, and more downpours are on the way this week.

Yellow weather warnings are in effect for North West England and parts of Wales and Scotland until 8 p.m. Monday.

Flooding caused by high water on the River Wye in Hereford

(Darius Andrijauskas/Hereford Times)

And now another warning has been announced for South West England AND South Wales from Wednesday 9pm to Thursday 5pm.

The Environment Agency also still has 28 flood warnings and 96 alerts for much of the UK, with groundwater flooding expected in areas soaked from recent wet weather. The saturated ground means even areas avoiding the worst of Tuesday’s flood could be at risk of flooding.

The Met Office has warned of disruption in affected areas, including possible flooding of homes and businesses, transport delays and possible power outages.

The heavy rain is already causing disruption to Greater Manchester roads, with delays reported on the M60 and M61 motorways. Firefighters were filmed wading through floodwaters in Levenshulme, south Manchester, when cars were submerged under a railway bridge and the road was closed for safety.

The Met Office’s rain warning begins at 9pm on Wednesday

(Met Office)

Network Rail is also responding to flooding on parts of the railway in South and West Wales with teams diverting flood water from two stations. Lines between Ferryside in Camarthenshire and Llanharan in Rhondda have reopened.

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service warned people visiting beauty spots near water to ‘plan their walks to make the most of daylight’.

The South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has urged people to avoid outdoor water activities such as paddle boarding and open water swimming.

A spokesman said: “The risks of entering open water include strong currents and cold water shocks as the temperature can be much colder than expected, particularly in fast flowing sections.”

Clustered groundwater flooding warnings are in place in Dorset and parts of Hampshire, and areas around the River Tone and River Wye.

Flood warnings are in place for parts of Surrey and Oxfordshire due to high water levels on the River Thames and disruption to rail services is expected in Wiltshire.

Barriers were erected in Ironbridge, Shropshire and along the banks of the River Severn in Shrewsbury.

Minor inland flooding is likely on Tuesday in parts of Wales, the Midlands and northern England, continuing on the River Severn until at least Friday.

(environmental agency)

Natural Resources Wales issued 20 flood warnings in the same areas covered by the Met Office warnings in its 5-day flood risk assessment.

The forecast read: “Local impacts from river and surface water flooding are likely across Wales on Tuesday and impacts from river flooding may continue into Wednesday.

“Land, roads and some properties may be flooded and travel may be disrupted.”

Road traffic is also disrupted by flooding from surface water and delays from heavier traffic

(PA wire)

And north of the border, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued five flood warnings in south-west Scotland, covering Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, central Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway and west-central Scotland.

Network Rail Scotland said on Twitter: “We have extra staff, water pumps and other vital equipment on standby.”

Meteorologist Alex Deakin described Tuesday as “a fairly dull and wet affair” with gusty winds but warned of more rain along the way.

Flooding has closed roads at Morfa Bychan, a popular beach in Gwynedd, North Wales

(North Wales Online/Cyngor Gwynedd Council)

Temperatures are milder than Monday and are expected to hit 13C in Cardiff and Belfast, 12C in London and 11C in Edinburgh.

“The rain will spread through eastern England and then Scotland,” he added. “This band of rain should sweep across England and Wales leaving clearer skies for a time but plenty of showers coming as well.”


Tuesday evening

Rainbands thin to the east, followed by clear periods. Stormy showers affecting western areas, particularly the North West where some will be heavy. Windy for most with coastal gales in the west and heavy gales in the far north of Scotland.


Sunny spells and blustery showers, some heavy and thundery in the west, and intermittently fading into longer rainy spells. Windy, with coastal gales.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Remain unsettled with further rains and strong winds. Mostly mild, on Saturday it will be a bit colder.

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