The Environment Agency (EA) has said widespread showers means many places remain on flood alert despite persistent rain expected to ease over Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The EA's director of operations David Jordan said:
Although the rain is set to ease a little in the coming days, the ground is still very wet and river levels remain high, so we would ask people to keep up to date with the latest warnings and stay prepared for flooding.
Farmers unable to get winter crops in the ground because their land is waterlogged have told shoppers to expect rising food prices in 2013.
Hundreds of flood warnings are in place across England and Wales, with Scotland warned to prepare for heavy rain.
As much of the UK faces flooding and the heavy rain continues, will Christmas be a washout?