Flood warnings as UK braces for more wet weather

Haroon Siddique
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The UK is braced for more unsettled weather after more than two-thirds of a month’s rainfall fell in some areas over the weekend.

In East Anglia, roads were closed on Sunday because of flooding, prompting police to warn people to travel only if essential.

The Met Office issued an amber warning of possible risk to life and property as Tibenham airfield, Stradbroke and Weybourne, all in East Anglia, each experienced around 45mm of rainfall in 24 hours beginning from Saturday afternoon.

Helen Roberts, a Met Office meteorologist, said 64.9mm was the average for such locations in the whole of October. Islay in Scotland also saw heavy rainfall of 55.6mm in 24 hours, while in northern England some areas saw around 20mm.

A car drives through a flooded street in Whitley Bay in Northumberland. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Five flood warnings, issued by the Environment Agency, were in place on Sunday, covering rivers on the Welsh border near Shrewsbury, Aintree on Merseyside and Reeth in North Yorkshire.

Roberts said: “The rain in East Anglia will gradually pass and clear but on Monday morning there will be another spell of wet and windy weather pushing in from the west. That will gradually push its way eastward across the UK.”

She said by the time it got to East Anglia on Monday it would have lessened but that western and northern areas would take the brunt of the downpours, experiencing “a good few hours of persistent rain”.

Roberts said that more blustery showers would hit the north and west on Tuesday and Wednesday with conditions remaining unsettled for the rest of the week.

The heavy rain on the weekend came after downpours last week caused flash flooding across the UK and left residents trapped in their homes on the Isle of Man, where a major incident was declared after a river burst its banks.

The wet start to the month follows a rainier than average September in which 122.4mm of rain fell – 27% more than the monthly average of 96.4mm.