Half a month’s rain to fall in a day in fresh weather warning after flood misery
Brits have been told to expect more heavy rain in a new warning threatening to bring more flood misery for much of the UK.
The alert for Thursday warns of up to 60mm of rain in certain areas, meaning almost half a month's showers could fall in one day.
Downpours have resulted in flooding across the country in recent days – and the Environment Agency still has five 'danger to life' flood warnings in force across Yorkshire.
The situation in the north-east should ease this afternoon, although rivers to the south-west are expected to burst their banks today, the Met Office predicts.
A yellow weather warning for this morning says flooding is likely in parts of the north-west and the midlands.
The Met Office warning for Thursday states: "Periods of rain are expected to become widespread and locally heavy across parts of England and Wales through Thursday.
"Over western areas, particularly the higher ground of Wales, some snow is also likely, with local accumulations of a few cm possible.
"Rainfall totals of 15-30 mm are likely, with some spots, particularly higher ground, seeing isolated totals of 40-60 mm."
The alert warns that flooding of some homes and businesses is 'likely'.
The average total rainfall in the UK during November is 121mm, meaning some places could see two weeks of rain on Thursday.
Helen Roberts, a meteorologist for the Met Office, told PA that the rain will move southwards away from Yorkshire this afternoon.
Ms Roberts said there was an "improving picture for that part of the country" but warned there could still be some heavy rain this morning.
She said: "What we've got is a band of rain moving across that part of the country, particularly first thing in the morning.
"It's sort of gradually going to move its way southwards as the day goes on."
Five severe flood warnings from the Environment Agency remain in place around Doncaster, warning of a danger to life in the areas around the River Don at Bentley, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge Caravan Site.
Thirty-eight flood warnings are in place across the country, with 12 around the River Don.
The Met Office has a yellow weather warning for rain in place until midday on Tuesday, covering parts of Stoke-on-Trent, Derby and Sheffield.
A yellow Met Office weather warning is also in place for North Wales and across the north of England for high winds today.
Ms Roberts added that today will be a "windy day for all" with the possibility of showers in places, but many people will see some good weather.
"The rain will move itself southwards as the day goes on. There will be a great deal of dry and bright weather," she added.
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Bright spells for most but also some rain or showers. The far south and the northwest of England the driest. Cold and windy, particularly the west with coastal gales. Very strong winds this morning for north Wales and Liverpool Bay.
Showers dying out for many areas away from the far north and Irish Sea coastal areas. Cold with widespread frost in the north and a few fog patches. Winds easing.
A bright start but clouding over during the day. Coastal showers, these more widespread for Wales and the southwest. Strengthening winds and further rain here in the afternoon. Remaining cold.
Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:
Showers in the north will be wintry of the hills throughout. For central and southern areas in addition to showers, some heavier rainfall is likely during Thursday. Staying cold.
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