BBC Weather forecast: Flood fears as relentless rain hammers Britain – travel chaos alert

BBC Weather forecaster Matt Taylor warned the morning rush hour will be dominated by heavy rain showers on Friday, particularly for north-western parts of the UK. The relentless band of wet weather comes by way of a new front from the Atlantic after Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis devastated the country with floods and damaging winds. Mr Taylor said: “Across the country wind picks up today and that rain becomes more and more of a feature.

“These weather fronts are the ones that will produce the heaviest rain across parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, northern England where they will sit for a good part of the day.

“River levels will continue to start to rise in these areas, particularly across parts of northern England as we go through tonight and into tomorrow.

“For the morning rush hour, the rain is already in across western Scotland, much of north-west England and across Northern Ireland too.

“It’s going to become heavier and more persistent and more widespread as we go through rush hour.

“Some parts of eastern Scotland and the far north-east of England will stay dry.”

Severe weather warnings have remained in place for parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England.

These could go on into Saturday.

Dan Suri, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: “With further rain in the forecast over the coming days and the potential for another deep low-pressure system early next week, additional rainfall could create further challenges as river catchments are more likely to respond to extra rainfall more quickly.

“Flooding, especially in areas already heavily affected, remains a possibility.”

Scott Squires, Duty Tactical Manager for Natural Resources Wales added: “As the floodwaters recede and communities start to get back on their feet, we’ll continue to support local authorities and emergency services in these affected areas.

“Over the coming days, our teams will be checking for any signs of damage to our flood defences, and removing blockages and debris which has built up in culverts and drainage grids etc.”

Storm Dennis has caused as much as £15 billion in damage after heavy rain flooded parts of the country last week.


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The storm ravaged towns and villages in South Wales, Shropshire, Yorkshire and Worcestershire. Many homes and businesses were partially submerged as rivers burst their banks.

The weekend before Storm Dennis brought heavy rain and high winds to the UK, the country took a battering from Storm Ciara.

A snap poll by home interior experts at last weekend revealed that after Ciara, as much as £7.7billion worth of damage to as many as 38 percent of all UK households.

A second poll after Storm Dennis rained down on already saturated ground, that total has increased to an estimated £14.8billion.

It’s now thought over half (52 percent) of all UK households have now been affected by the two storms, with a further 8 percent expecting to be affected in the coming days.

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