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Flood warnings for the south

Heavy rain has led to warnings of possible flash flooding in the south east. There are also flood alerts in the south west of England. The Environment Agency has warned the drought in the south could increase the risk of flash flooding as rain is less easily absorbed by dry, compacted soil.

While the rain may be welcome for gardeners and farmers in drought-affected areas, the downpours are not enough to alleviate the drought that stems from two unusually dry winters in a row.

Forecasters at Meteogroup said the weather looked set to remain unsettled for at least the next week, with heavy showers and some more persistent rain. The public can keep up to date with the Environment Agency's flood alerts service by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188.

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