The Met Office has increased the alert level of its Severe Weather Warnings as most of the UK is braced for more heavy rain and gale-force winds over the next few days.
The Met Office, Environment Agency and Scottish Environment Protection Agency are warning the public to be prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as some areas see up to 60 mm on top of the rain that has already fallen.
Bob Wilderspin, Met Office Chief Forecaster, said: “The current unsettled spell of weather is set to continue with further spells of heavy rain expected across the country over the next few days.
“A particularly squally day is expected on Thursday as strong to gale force winds combine with heavy rain moving in from the west. With winds gusting up to 60 to 70 mph in places and 20 to 50 mm of rain falling in a short period of time we urge everyone to keep up to date with forecasts and warnings and be prepared for what the weather will bring.”
Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, said: “We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings on the Environment Agency website, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for flooding. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.
“Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams work around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force over the coming days.”
More heavy rain, and strong to gale force winds are expected across the UK over the weekend.