Met Office increases heavy rain warning

Weather gets even wetter! Met Office increases heavy rain warning with nearly two inches due to fall today with even more floods on the way

  • The already saturated conditions increase the risk of flooding and disruption 

Britain is bracing itself for an onslaught of yet more rain as the Met Office raises the impact level of weather warnings in the south and southeast of England.

A yellow warning for heavy rain stretching from Dorset to Kent has been issued by the Met Office from 5am to 11.59pm on Saturday.

The weather service said already saturated conditions would increase the risk of flooding and disruption in some locations.

Also, the Met Office said it was raising the impact level of the weather warning to medium to cater for ‘higher rainfall totals in parts of the southeast’.

The warning was updated this morning, removing it from southwestern parts of England where the Met Office said the heaviest rain has now passed.

Flood alerts are stretching up through the UK, after the south coast and the Channel Islands were battered with heavy rain and gusts of up to 100mph on Thursday. Pictured, Flooding in Northern Ireland

The warning was updated this morning morning, removing it from southwestern parts of England. Pictured, flooding in Northern Ireland=

The weather service said it expected 15-25mm of rain to ‘fall quite widely’, especially towards the south coast, adding that the wettest spots in East Sussex and southeast Kent could receive 30-45mm of rainfall.

Met Office meteorologist Dan Stroud said this level of rain on its own would not usually be particularly concerning, but that it came ‘against the backdrop of a very wet October and ongoing issues in parts of Sussex’.

He added: ‘It doesn’t actually take much more rain for there to be further impacts in relation to surface water issues on roads.’

The yellow weather warning advises of the possibility of spray and flooding on roads as heavy rain falls on the saturated ground leading to delays to road, bus and train travel.

The Met Office also warned that the flooding of homes and businesses is possible and there is ‘a small chance of deep floodwater in places’.

The Met Office extended its yellow weather warning stretching from Dorset to Kent

Aerial view of the Somerset Levels at Muchelney which have been flooded from the deluge

People with umbrellas in the wet weather in Piccadilly Circus, London, amid heavy rain

Flooded shops in the town centre after flooding in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

It said the band of wet and windy weather will move north across much of England and Wales on Saturday with blustery heavy showers following.

Any rain across central and northern England will then ease tonight with showers becoming increasingly confined to coastal areas, the Met Office added.

Showers will predominantly be in the west on Sunday with dry and brighter conditions in the east, and no weather warnings are currently issued.

It comes after Storm Ciaran battered the south coast and the Channel Islands with heavy rain and gusts of up to 100mph on Thursday, leaving nearly 150,000 homes without power.

Mr Stroud said that Storm Ciaran had shifted out into the North Sea and the rain on Saturday was associated with a new area of low pressure.

Despite conditions improving, rail services remained disrupted on Friday as the UK felt the after-effects of Storm Ciaran.

LNER, the main train operator on the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley, advised passengers not to travel until Saturday.

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