UK weather: full list of flood warnings as heavy rain causes chaos in England, Wales and Scotland
Yellow warning issued for south west England and Wales
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Some 33 flood warnings have been issued across England and Wales after heavy downpours hit parts of the country.
As a band of rain pushed eastwards across the UK on Saturday morning, there were 27 flood warnings in England and six alerts in Wales. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued six flood alerts for around Scotland.
It comes after the Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for rain in Wales and south-west England overnight which forecast that “many” places had been expected to see 20-30 mm of rainfall over six to nine hours, with around 50-60 mm falling over higher ground. Further “unsettled weather” is set to come this weekend, which could see some heavy cloud and rain replaced by a mixture of sunshine and showers.
The Met Office has also said that “some showers (are) likely to be heavy with hail and a chance of thunder”. It could be windy and turn colder later. The showers could be “heavy at times” by Saturday night but some clear spells are likely across the east, according to the forecasters.
They added that it is expected to “remain windy with severe gales developing in north-west Scotland”.
Here is everything you need to know about the flood warnings:
Where are the flood warnings in place?
Flooding warnings have been issued for the following areas:
- Curry Moor and Hay Moor
- Dorset coast at Preston Beach
- Groundwater flooding for the Bere Stream
- Groundwater flooding for the Crane
- Groundwater flooding for the Devils Brook
- Groundwater flooding for the Ebble Valley
- Groundwater flooding for the Hooke
- Groundwater flooding for the Iwerne
- Groundwater flooding for the North Winterborne, north of the A354
- Groundwater flooding for the North Winterborne, south of the A354
- Groundwater flooding for the Piddle Valley
- Groundwater flooding for the South Winterbourne Valley
- Groundwater flooding for the Sydling
- Groundwater flooding for the Tarrant Valley
- Groundwater flooding in the Cerne Valley
- Groundwater flooding in the Chitterne Valley
- Groundwater flooding in the Cranborne Chase in West Hampshire - Damerham and Martin
- Groundwater flooding in the Cranborne Chase in West Hampshire - Rockbourne
- Groundwater flooding in the Lower Allen Vale
- Groundwater flooding in the South Wiltshire Downs - The Dene
- Keswick Campsite
- River Dart from Buckfastleigh to Totnes, including Staverton
- River Piddle from Alton Pancras to Wareham
- River Severn at Frankwell, Shrewsbury
- River Severn at the Showground and The Quarry, Shrewsbury
- River Teign (Lower) from Chudleigh to Kingsteignton
- West Bay Harbour
- River Wye at Builth Wells
- River Cothi at low lying areas - Pontargothi and Pontynyswen
- River Usk from Brecon to Glangrwyne
- River Towy, isolated properties between Llandeilo and Abergwili
- River Towy at Llanwrda
- River Loughor at Ammanford and Llandybie
- Innerpeffray to Bridge of Earn
- Ayrshire and Arran
- Dumfries and Galloway
- Scottish Borders
- West Central Scotland
- Easter Ross and Great Glen
What did the weather warning say?
The yellow alert was for heavy rain and it is feared the downpours could cause travel disruption or even flooding in places. The Met Office says: “Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer. Bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer.”
Adding further detail to the warning, the forecaster explains: “Rain is expected to become heavy and persistent through Friday night before clearing eastwards during Saturday morning. Over six to nine hours, many places are expected to see 20-30 mm of rainfall, with around 50-60 mm falling over higher ground.”
When does the warning begin and end?
The Met Office’s alert for rain comes into force at midnight on Saturday and remains in place until 9am. It covers south west England and a large part of Wales.
Where was the weather warning in place?
The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for the following areas on Saturday:
- Blaenau Gwent
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Neath Port Talbot
- Rhondda Cynon Taf