Britain braced for more rain over the coming days

More heavy rain is expected to hit Britain.
More heavy rain is expected to hit Britain. Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 yesterday 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 today before returning later on tomorrow with another 20mm to 30mm falling in south west England and south west Wales, and up to 60mm on the high ground.

A man with a broken umbrella walks through Stockport, where commuters were hit by the weather last week.
A man with a broken umbrella walks through Stockport, where commuters were hit by the weather last week. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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 tomorrow'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 tomorrow 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."

A Met Office spokeswoman also warned it would be "very wet and unpleasant" tomorrow evening and into Monday.

More flooding is expected because the ground is already saturated following recent storms and one of the wettest summers on record.

An aerial picture showing the scale of heavy flooding in North Yorkshire last week.
An aerial picture showing the scale of heavy flooding in North Yorkshire last week. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It comes after parts of the UK were left devastated by heavy floods last week.

Yorkshire was the area worst hit as more than the average rainfall for September fell in just a few days in many areas.

A couple drowned in a swollen river in Wales and a block of townhouses in Newburn, Newcastle, were condemned to be knocked down after floodwater gouged out the earth under their foundations.

More than 500 homes and businesses were flooded across England and Wales.