UK weather: Flood warnings and alerts issued across Britain

Homes are flooded and rivers burst their banks after a weekend of torrential rain with another 200 warnings and alerts in place while temperatures plunge to -1C overnight

  • Environment Agency issued 87 flood warnings and 121 flood alerts after month’s worth of rain fell in two days
  • Today’s warnings cover major rivers including the Avon, Derwent, Don, Ouse, Severn, Trent, Weaver and Wye 
  • Forecasters added weather would turn dry and sunny for next two days but mercury would drop dramatically
  • Rural areas throughout the UK experienced below freezing temperatures overnight and again this morning

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Thousands of homes remain at risk of flooding today after a month’s worth of rain fell in just two days and left rivers across the country close to bursting point.

This morning, 87 flood warnings remained in place across England, with the Environment Agency also issuing 121 flood alerts as the West Midlands was warned to brace for widespread deluges throughout the day.

The warnings – meaning flooding is expected – cover major rivers including the Avon, Derwent, Don, Ouse, Severn, Trent, Weaver and Wye. 

Forecasters said the weather would turn dry and sunny for the next two days but the mercury would drop dramatically, with rural areas experiencing below freezing temperatures overnight and this morning.  

Flood defences were in place today in Bewdley, Hereford, Upton-upon-Severn and Shrewsbury, and temporary barriers were erected at Ironbridge, Shropshire.

The centre of York is engulfed in flood water this morning as rivers burst their banks up and down the country this weekend following widespread rainfall

A dog runs through a frost covered field near Bracknell, Berkshire, where temperatures dipped overnight and produced frost in parts of the UK

A dog runs through a frost covered field near Bracknell, Berkshire, where temperatures dipped overnight and produced frost in parts of the UK

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Forecasters said the weather would turn dry and sunny for the next two days but the mercury would drop dramatically, with rural areas experiencing below freezing temperatures overnight and this morning (left)

Sunrise over Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast this morning. Thousands of homes remain at risk of flooding today after a month's worth of rain fell in just two days and left rivers across the country close to bursting point

Sunrise over Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast this morning. Thousands of homes remain at risk of flooding today after a month’s worth of rain fell in just two days and left rivers across the country close to bursting point

Evesham, Ludlow, Tewkesbury and York are among further towns and cities braced for rivers to burst their banks.  

Due to heavy rain over the weekend, which postponed football matches, caused train delays and flooded roads, river levels have remained high.

The River Severn in the West Midlands is due to be a flood risk until Tuesday, while the River Wye and the River Trent also have multiple warnings in place.

The Environment Agency said there will be travel disruption in the affected areas and some individual properties will flood.

Craig Snell, Met Office spokesman, said the next couple of days are due to be mostly fine and dry, with sunny days but chilly nights.

He added: ‘Thankfully the weather should give areas which have seen large amounts of rain the chance for it to drain away.

‘Going into Wednesday it is likely a further weather system will attempt to move in which could bring more heavy rain, particularly across South West England and Wales.’

Torrential rain on Friday and Saturday caused mayhem across the country, with towns and villages deluged with floodwater.   

The downpour saw the entire front of a house in Swansea’s Ffynone area collapse, with all the rooms at the front of the property left visible and open to  the elements, with rubble littering the area in front. 

Craig Snell, Met Office spokesman, said the next couple of days are due to be mostly fine and dry, with sunny days but chilly nights

Craig Snell, Met Office spokesman, said the next couple of days are due to be mostly fine and dry, with sunny days but chilly nights

Sheep in frost-covered fields near Baltinglass in Co Wicklow, Ireland this morning (pictured) as cold weather also returned to the UK this week

Sheep in frost-covered fields near Baltinglass in Co Wicklow, Ireland this morning (pictured) as cold weather also returned to the UK this week

In a forecast issued for Monday, the Met Office said: ‘Most areas bright with long periods of sunshine, albeit hazy across southern England.

‘Most parts dry, but some showers over northern Scotland and the far east of England.

‘Cloudier and windy over Cornwall where rain at times for some.’

The flood forecast issued by the Environment Agency on Sunday said: ‘Local flooding is expected from rivers across parts of the West Midlands today and tomorrow.

‘Local flooding from rivers is also probable across other parts of the Midlands and parts of Lincolnshire today and also possible over parts of Yorkshire today and Nottinghamshire tomorrow.

‘Local ongoing flooding from the River Severn in the West Midlands is possible through to Tuesday.

‘Land, roads and some individual properties will flood and there will be local travel disruption.’

Thick fog covers the landscape over Wimbledon on a cold frosty autumn morning, with more flooding expected after the weekend's rainfall

Thick fog covers the landscape over Wimbledon on a cold frosty autumn morning, with more flooding expected after the weekend’s rainfall

A man and his dog enjoy an early morning walk on Monday on Cothelstone Hill, Quantock Hills. Settled weather on to start the week will give way to more unsettled conditions later this week as weather systems push in from the Atlantic

A man and his dog enjoy an early morning walk on Monday on Cothelstone Hill, Quantock Hills. Settled weather on to start the week will give way to more unsettled conditions later this week as weather systems push in from the Atlantic

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