Standpipes 'could return'

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has raised the possibility of standpipes returning to UK streets if the country is hit by a third dry winter in a row.The warning comes as fears of further flooding remain following heavy rains.

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Environment Agency: 'No need for alarm'

Dave Throup from the Environment Agency says there's no immediate cause for alarm, but river levels in the Midlands are continuing to rise.

River levels are high at Powick in Worcestershire Credit: ITV Central

Speaking from a bridge alongside the River Teme at Powick near Worcester, he says the Agency will continue to monitor levels over the coming days as more water moves down from Wales and with more rain forecast.

The heavy downpours are not having a significant effect on the drought situation. The Agency says we need a further six months of this type of weather to return to normal conditions.

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Kite surfer enjoys strong winds in Tyne and Wear

A kite surfer enjoys the strong winds on Tynemouth Beach, Tyne and Wear Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

South West England and Wales will be battered by gusts of up to 60mph today while the rest of the country is also expected to experience strong winds and further downpours.

In Tyne and Wear, a kite surfer enjoys the strong winds on Tynemouth Beach.

MeteoGroup on weather prospects for Sunday

Tom Tobler, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said:

"Gusts of 50 to 60mph are sweeping across South West England, central England and Wales, which will see the worst of the windy weather.

"The wind will then spread north-westwards throughout the day with other areas seeing gusts of up to 40mph.

"There is potential for it to cause some damage.

"The South East will experience heavy rain this morning, but it will then ease off, with the heaviest rain in the South West, central England and Wales. It will then spread northwards."

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Drenched UK faces more downpours

The River Ouse in York has flooded parts of the city Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

South West England and Wales will be battered by gusts of up to 60mph today while the rest of the country is also expected to experience strong winds and further downpours.

Forecasters said trees could be brought down and already waterlogged areas could be flooded, with up to 40mm of rain predicted to fall in places.

Flood warnings issued for parts of the UK

There is a risk of localised flooding on Sunday and Monday across parts of southern and eastern England, Midlands and Wales.

The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the forecast and rainfall particularly in Worcestershire, as the river levels are already higher than normal in the rivers Severn, Teme and Avon.

Environment Agency officers are out monitoring river levels, checking defences and clearing any potential blockages, such as fallen branches and debris, to reduce the risk of flooding.

– Environment Agency spokesman
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