The rain eases...but get set for sub-zero temperatures

Gloucestershire
A team from Gloucester Fire and Rescue service work in the flooded Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire Photo: PA

As flood waters start to recede forecasters warn the recent deluges could be followed by unseasonable frost and sub-zero temperatures.

Although dozens of flood warnings remain in place and some rivers are set to reach their peaks, the worst appears to be over for the time being.

But the rain is expected to return later in the week, along with freezing weather in some areas.

Worcester
A flock of swans glide through the flooded riverside walkways in the shadow of the cathedral in Worcester Credit: PA

Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, predicts only a brief respite from the downpours.

It's turning drier over many areas now, and through the night and tomorrow it will be drier.

But then there will be further fairly heavy rain coming in from the east tomorrow night and it looks like there'll be some localised flooding again, particularly in low lying river valleys.

– Senior forecaster Paul Mott

Rupert Evelyn reports from Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire:

Up to 25mm of rainfall was forecast for tomorrow night and into Thursday over southern England and south Wales.

But the downpours are likely to gradually ease on Thursday afternoon, it was predicted.

The weekend is set to be drier but colder, with frost on Saturday night a possibility in rural parts of northern England and Scotland, Mr Mott said.

Temperatures are forecast to plunge as low as -1C in these areas - some eight degrees below the current average night time temperature.