UK weather: Met Office issues fresh yellow warnings for southwest and eastern England | Weather News
Large parts of England could face travel disruption and some flooding as heavy rain hits later today, the Met Office has said.
The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covers from Newcastle and its surrounding areas down to East Anglia, along England’s east coast. This comes into force at 7pm and lasts until 12pm on Sunday.
Another fresh yellow warning for rain, which comes into effect at 6pm, covers much of Cornwall, as well as parts of Devon and Somerset. That warning lasts until 6am tomorrow morning.
Under the warnings, people are urged to be aware that flooding of homes and businesses is possible, while disruption on the roads and public transport is likely.
Persistent, and at times heavy, rain will hit eastern parts of England this evening and last into Sunday, the Met Office said. It is expected to clear in East Anglia by dawn on Sunday, and in northeast England by early afternoon.
Rain showers in the southwest will also begin on Saturday evening and continue overnight.
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Flooding is likely as a lot of ground is still waterlogged after recent bouts of wet weather and snow. A total of 76 flood warnings, and 275 lower level flood alerts, are currently in place for England.
Dozens of schools in northern England and north Wales closed earlier this week as snow covered parts of the UK.
Snow settled particularly quickly in Derbyshire, Yorkshire – parts of which are also covered by today’s weather warnings – and Wrexham.
This past five months have seen 10 named storms hit the UK and the latest – Storm Jocelyn – left some train operators cancelling all services in the final week of January.
Storm Jocelyn arrived just one day after Storm Isha brought winds of up to 100mph.
Two people died as Isha battered the country. An 84-year-old man died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Scotland.
In Limavady, Co Londonderry, a man in his 60s died after a crash involving two vans and another fallen tree.