Sunday, 27 January 2013

Flood warnings as wet weather arrives - BBC News

Serious flooding is possible across many parts of the UK as milder temperatures thaw snow and rain moves in, forecasters have warned.

Parts of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire have flooded and a Met Office yellow warning for rain is in force for much of the UK.

Forty-one flood warnings and 220 alerts are in place in England and Wales. Scotland has two flood warnings.

Forecasters say Sunday will see a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers.

The Met Office said heavy rain across much of the country, combined with fairly rapid snow melt, was likely to lead to localised surface water and river flooding.

The public should be aware of the potential for travel disruption across much of Wales, the southern half of Scotland, and northern and western England, forecasters said.

Western Scotland and Cumbria saw the heaviest rain on Saturday night.

Environment Agency spokesman Innes Thomson told BBC News: "The message is that there's wet weather all over the country, we've already got flooded fields, we've got localised flooding, we've got high ground water and we've got spring tides this week coming.

"So we've actually got a complete cocktail of issues and concerns for us to keep an eye on."

The one flood warning issued by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is for the Scottish Borders, with a number of flood alerts also in place.

The BBC weather centre warned of localised flooding in areas affected by wet weather and snow melt, but said much of the rain would clear eastwards through Sunday.

The rest of the weekend would see a mix of sunny spells and blustery showers, forecasters added.

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