UK weather forecast: Met Office updates YELLOW weather warning as downpours hammer South East

UK weather forecast: Met Office updates YELLOW weather warning as downpours hammer South East

Today's weather forecast

Met Office
Dimitris Kouimtsidis

By Dimitris Kouimtsidis

Published: 18/02/2024

- 10:45

Updated: 18/02/2024

- 11:13

Britain saw a large amount of rainfall yesterday, with as much of 40mm believed to have fallen

The Met Office has updated its yellow weather warning for today, with the South East of England facing a continued barrage of rain for the early part of the day.

According to the forecaster, heavy showers will continue on from yesterday and are expected to last until midday today.

Some parts of the country are believed to have been hit by as much of 40mm of rain this weekend.

There are fears of further flooding today, following on from yesterday, which saw rivers such as the River Dene in Walton, Warwickshire, flooded.

Yellow weather warning

The yellow weather warning for rain will be in place until midday today

Met Office

That has led to 41 flood warnings and 197 flood alerts in place across England.

Homes and businesses in South East England will be particularly hard hit, with disruption to power supplies and other vital services also being a possibility.

Motorists are expected to face longer journey times because of flooded roads, while those travelling on pubic transport will also experience delays.

The Met Office said: "Bus and train services are probably going to be affected with journey times taking longer. Spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer.


Flood warnings

Across England there are 41 flood warnings and 197 flood alerts in place

Environment Agency

"Flooding of a few homes and businesses is likely, [with] some interruption to power supplies and other services."

Forecaster Craig Snell said: "The ground is already a little bit more saturated across England and Wales compared to Scotland and Northern Ireland, so they'll be a little more sensitive to the rainfall.

"Some parts could see disruption, transport may be a little bit delayed and if you're driving on the roads your journey may take a little bit longer due to spray and road closures."

The rain is expected to pass in the early afternoon, despite originally being expected to linger until around 6pm.

A scattering of showers is also expected to hit western parts of Britain later this evening, but not to the extent expected to hit the east.

Elsewhere the country is expected to see some bright spells of weather, with temperatures reaching as high as 15C.

Looking ahead to the rest of the week the Met Office said Monday will see "showery rain pushing southeastwards... followed by showers in the North".

It added: "Further rain in the North overnight on Tuesday sinking southwards. Unsettled for many on Wednesday. Staying fairly mild."

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