Flooding is feared as three storms in four days are forecast this week, the final of which will be on Wednesday – Valentine’s Day – and will see southern England soaked
Britain is braced for flooding this week as three storms are anticipated across four days – including Valentine’s Day.
Bookmakers have slashed the odds for rain on Wednesday February 14, branding it a “floody Valentine’s”. The heaviest downpours on that day will be across the south of England, however two other storms anticipated before then will cause travel disruption and flooding across other regions. East of England, and the North East of England have been battered by rain and wind overnight but the deluge will continue throughout Sunday.
And then on Monday, most of Scotland and North West of England will experience impish downpours. Environment Agency is on high alert for flooding as a result of the wet weather forecast and, last night, had 75 flood warnings and 262 less severe flood warnings in place. There are a further 10 warnings and 10 alerts in place for Scotland, and two warnings and 10 alerts across Wales.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes cut odds on February being the wettest on record to 2/1. Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “The odds say it’s a floody Valentine’s this year.”
Two weather warnings for rain are in place throughout today, including for parts of the East of England, North East of England and South East England. Up to 30mm of rain is expected in these areas by midday today, forecasters say.
The Met Office says: “Rain will become persistent and at times heavy across eastern parts of England during Saturday evening, lasting into Sunday. Rain will clear from the south of the warning area by dawn on Sunday, and from northeast England by early afternoon. Many areas will see 10-15 mm of rain, with the wettest spots seeing 25-30 mm. Given saturated ground, some flooding is likely.”
The service warns flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible, spray and flooding on roads will probably make journey times longer and bus and train services will probably be affected with journey times taking longer on Sunday.
No weather warnings are as yet in place for the subsequent storms, believed to happen on Monday and then throughout Valentine’s Day. The heaviest rain on Wednesday will be along the south coast, in Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex.
The Environment Agency said: “Inland flooding is possible in the East and North on Sunday, and the West Midlands until Monday. Coastal flooding is possible for the North East on Sunday, and the North West on Sunday and Monday. Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.”
The majority of flood warnings are in place across the Midlands, despite yet to be subject to any flood warnings. Several warnings concern River Avon in Warwickshire and Worcestershire. River Severn, prone to flooding, is expected to burst its banks across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Three warnings are for in and around Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, which was impacted by flooding last month amid Storm Henk.