Flood warnings after heavy rain

Flood warnings are in place across England after heavy rain, with downpours and gusts of up to 65mph to continue this afternoon,. A canoeist has died after being pulled from a swollen river in North Yorkshire.

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Canoeist dies after being pulled from swollen river

A canoeist who was pulled from a swollen river in Reeth, North Yorkshire today has died, the Great North Air Ambulance Service said.

A spokesman confirmed the man, who was in his 30s, died "despite efforts to save him."

"This was a large-scale rescue effort involving police, fire, RAF and Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

"Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, the man was later pronounced dead. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

Canoeist rescued from swollen river in North Yorkshire

A male canoeist has been rescued from the River Swale at Reeth, in the Yorkshire Dales, after a major operation involving an RAF Sea King helicopter, mountain rescuers and local police and fire services.

Together with the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, fire service level three trained water teams deployed and rescued a male canoeist from the water.

The male casualty has been transported to hospital by air ambulance. There is no further current information as to the casualty's condition.

– North Yorkshire Fire Service spokesman

Heavy downpours expected tomorrow

There is a risk of further flooding as heavy downpours are predicted to return tomorrow. Surface water and river levels are expected to rise, as gusts of up to 60mph are expected to hit the west coast, before "severe" stormy weather is forecast for western areas and Scotland by Wednesday.

Most areas have seen between 5-10mm of rain but parts of the south west, Wales and Cumbria have seen 20-30mm in just a couple of hours. This is likely to cause flooding issues because the rain has fallen on already saturated ground.

– Paul Knightley, MeteoGroup forecaster

River rescue launched in North Yorkshire

A major rescue operation is in place to rescue a person in difficulty in a swollen river in the village of Reeth, Swaledale in North Yorkshire.

An RAF Sea King helicopter has joined firefighters and police and mountain rescue volunteers in the ongoing incident.

An unnamed man who lives near the scene said: "We've seen multiple fire engines, police and the air ambulance and there's also been a Sea King down there. We're just trying to find out what's happening."

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Hailstorm causes multi-vehicle collisions in Wales

Eight motorists have been injured after a large hailstorm in south Wales caused several crashes on the M4.

South Wales Police said one of the incidents involved five cars. That crash took place on the eastbound carriageway between Margam, near Port Talbot, and Pyle, near Bridgend, according to the BBC.

Emergency services were then called to two other crashes nearby within 45 minutes.

"We had a number of RTC's on the M4 in a short space of time as a result of a hail shower," a spokesman for South Wales Police said. "To my knowledge there are no significant injuries involved."

Temperatures set to rise this week

It will be nowhere near as cold as it has been as we approach a new week.

It will be feeling a little milder everywhere - particularly across the southern counties where temperatures will get back into double figures. Most of us will see temperatures near 10C higher than what we have been used to.

Added to this, unusually deep low pressure systems sweeping in from the Atlantic will bring some very windy conditions as well as more wet weather from the west.

The rainfall coupled with melted snow will lead to excess surface water and currently the Environment Agency has 80 Flood Warnings in place - most of which are across the Midlands.

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