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Flood Fears: One Month's Rainfall In Two Days
A severe flood warning has been issued as forecasters say up to a month's rain could fall in 24 hours.
The Environment Agency has urged communities in the North, the East, the Midlands and much of Wales to be prepared for flooding as two bands of very heavy rain were set to cross the UK today and into Saturday.
The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning - the second highest, and meaning "be prepared".
Up to 100mm of rain could fall in 36 hours during the downpours. The average UK rainfall for July is 69.9mm.
Yorkshire, the North East, the Midlands and East Anglia are likely to take the brunt of the severe weather later today, the Environment Agency said.
The risk of flooding was expected to be the highest of the year, with properties and transport in some parts of the country likely to be hit, the agency said.
Craig Woolhouse, head of flood incident management at the Environment Agency, said: "We are expecting some very significant flooding in the coming days across large parts of the country and would strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on the forecasts for their area and be prepared for flooding.
"We would also ask that people stay safe, by keeping out of dangerous floodwater and not attempting to walk or drive through it.
"The Environment Agency has already opened incident rooms and has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible."
Tony Waters, deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "We are expecting spells of very heavy and thundery rain across a wide area of the UK in the next few days, with worst affected spots likely to be in central and northern parts of the country.
"Rainfall totals could be 20-40mm widely across warning areas, but some places could see around 100mm of rain through today and into tomorrow.
"Given the saturated ground from the record rainfall in June, this could cause significant disruption - including difficult driving conditions and flooding in some areas."
Sky News weather presenter Isobel Lang said: "Our weather is showing no signs of settling down despite already enduring a record-breaking wet April and June.
"After Thursday's showers and thunderstorms across eastern and northern Britain, Friday will see prolonged and heavy rainfall spreading up across East Anglia, the Midlands, Wales and into southern Ireland.
"Atrocious driving conditions are expected along with some flooding.
"Saturday will bring yet more wet weather, this time mainly across north east England and southern and eastern Scotland again bringing a flood risk.
"Showers on Sunday could be heavy across southern Britain."
The wet weather has already caused delays to some of this year's big summer sporting fixtures, including Wimbledon and England Test matches.
Last month was the wettest June since records began, with double the average rain falling during the month.
The exceptional amount of rain caused floods in Wales and parts of England.
It was the second month this year to see record-breaking amounts of rain, with April also the wettest, according to records dating back more than a century to 1910.
So far this summer there has only been one spell of prolonged fine weather during the second half of May.
The wet weather is set to continue for two weeks, but it it's not all bad news - sunshine and warmer weather could arrive later this month, in time for the Olympic Games.
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what do you think?
Windows Live User
Best way to see what the weather is like is to open the door and stick your head out. I have a pair of weather stones hanging in my garden. If they are wet then it's raining. If they are dry then it's not raining. If they are warm to touch then it's sunny. If they are cold then it's chilly --- easy! RE FORECASTS - I have never seen so many forecasts change so quickly. None of them are the same and as sure as God made little green apples only one of them will be close to being correct
acu weather has to be the worst,it changes its forecast more often than i change me shirt.
Windows Live User
Yep robert you are correct. The weather for the North East has changed quickly after floods hit today. (A little late with that one) As I said- stick your head out of the door and see what its like
I have to get me some of them stones
Utter nonsense ! so how do people who leave the house for hours know what to wear ? do they take light summer clothes AND raincoats and umbrellas and change in the public toilets? what about outdoor workers ? builders ....farmers....painters...outdoor events...fetes...shows....music events...festivals..
Oh happy days!! :-)
Anyone up for building a huge wooden boat, and filling it with animals?
Meeee! Lol! Got tortoise aviary, dog chickens parrotlet ......
yeah but can you leave out rats,mozzies,snakes,spiders etc
the rain feeds the land, i love it, you can keep the hot humid stuff, listening to the rain rustling through the trees, bliss.
Too late Chris - just seen Noah sailing past my house ! So much for it being a drought summer like 1976, as predicted by the media earlier this year. . . Weve had to put waterwings on the dog so he can go outside. . Gonna be a wet one in Shakespeare country today. Still, a suntan is bad for the skin. . . Keep telling yourself that stevie, eventually you might believe it !
..what happened to the drought then ?????????
Where are our weather experts with there predictions of Global Warming and drought,,I can ee our cat floating down the drive followed by a dog in a boat...It was and is Nature that dictates the weather and we mortals have no influence whato ever we do. Cancel the wind farms
Raining japanese car parts---- Datsun cogs
im in turkeye hahaha
"Footage of Flooded Steps."?
would you rather have the 100 degrees heatwave that the USA has had for days...and nights. OR our very wet but cool weather ?
lol with olympics within 3 weeks away approx might be a washout. we are like greece borrow m oney for stupid olympic games when we bankrupt. idiots running the country. can we get a refund? why award uk global sports events when weather is toot. we get no winters now ppl forget, very little snow. weather modified perhaps? check out un law and ionsphere control by radiowaves, tesla technology and haarp. lol