Flood risk after more heavy rain

Britain could face further flood misery if heavy rain persists

Britain could face further flood misery if heavy rain persists

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Parts of Britain have endured another night of wet weather with heavy deluges raising the risk of further flooding in the coming days.

A band of persistent rain that hit the south west of England on Friday afternoon and swept across Wales, the Midlands, East Anglia and southern England continued during the early hours.

Between 25 to 35mm of rain fell in some areas of the south, prompting authorities to issue a number of flood warnings and alerts.

The unpleasant weather is expected to clear away before returning on Sunday with another 20mm to 30mm falling in south west England and south west Wales, and up to 60mm on the high ground.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued four flood warnings and 27 flood alerts in the south-west region.

In a statement, the agency said: "We're warning communities across south west England and southern Wales to be vigilant and alert for flooding as heavy rain is set to return on Sunday afternoon and into Monday." It added that Sunday's expected deluges may result in significant disruption.

Gemma Plumb, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the rain should have cleared all parts of the UK by late morning.

"Once the rain in the south and east of England has cleared most of the UK will be dry with sunny spells and temperatures between 13C and 16C," she added.

"Tonight looks like most places will be dry, but it will be a chilly night with mist and fog patches in places. Temperatures could touch zero in some areas of the north with the potential of a local frost tomorrow morning."

Ms Plumb said Sunday will get off to another dry and bright start with long spells of sun before the next band of heavy rain moves in later on in the day. "The rain will move into south west England, Wales and central-southern England and spread north-east. It could be quite heavy and persistent and will continue into Monday."

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