Further heavy rain is expected to bring more misery to areas that have already seen widespread flooding. There are 49 flood warnings in place in the South this afternoon. River levels have been rising steadily in counties including Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset following days of downpours.
Rivers including the Hampshire Avon through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset and the Stour in Dorset showed little signs of receding. Communities along the River Thames throughout Surrey, Berkshire and Oxfordshire have also been warned that they are at risk of flooding.