UK weather warning: Brits braced for huge flooding as dozens of warnings issued

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THE UK is bracing itself for huge flooding across most of the country, with dozens of warnings issued as more terrible weather sweeps in across the country.

Britain is could be pummelled with more wet weather following a Boxing Day washout as a band of thick cloud and rain sweeps in from the Atlantic. The Environment Agency has issued 30 flood warnings in England – which calls for “immediate action required” – stretching from Hull in the north east down to Southampton on the south coast. There are 67 flood alerts currently in place from the agency, also spanning across most of the country, which warn Brits to “be prepared”.

Clare Dennis, Environment Agency flood duty manager, warned Brits living in larges swathes of southern England to expect continued flooding over into the early part of next week.

She told The Sun: “While the weather outlook is improving, groundwater levels continue to rise after recent rainfall, meaning that there is a continued risk of groundwater flooding in parts of southern England over the next few days.

“We continue to monitor rainfall and river levels closely and to operate our flood defences, reducing the risk of flooding to thousands of homes and businesses and helping to keep people safe.”

The Environment Agency added it has been using pumps to reduce water levels at Currymoor, Somerset.

The Met Office forecast for Saturday evening says: “Evening rain over western and northwestern Scotland becoming lighter and patchier overnight.

“Elsewhere, mostly dry with variable, and at times large, amounts of cloud.

“Chance of isolated fog patches over southern England.”

The latest deluge of rain comes as bookmaker Coral said there is a 4/1 chance that next year will be the wettest since records began.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “The last few months of 2019 have seen the UK left absolutely drenched and as part of our New Year specials we are offering 4/1 on 2020 being the wettest year we’ve ever had.

“The optimistic punters wanting to back the hottest year can get 2/1, whilst it’s 20/1 for rain to fall on every day of Wimbledon and put a dampener on one of the highlights of the British summer.”

Weather charts also show temperatures are set to plummet to below freezing before the start of next weekend as the winter chill once again bites.

The UK had suffered a huge washout on Boxing Day, with heavy downpours and powerful winds crashing into the country.

Dozens of flood warnings were put in place by the Environment Agency, warning brits of immediate action required.

During the morning, almost 100 flood alerts were in place, although there was no severe warnings issued.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill had said: “After a gloriously sunny Christmas Day, Boxing Day is going to be quite a bit cloudier, there will be some rain around also some stronger winds. But, at least temperatures will be a touch higher too.

“It’s a cloudier picture across much of Scotland first thing. Largely dry but some rain out in the far west.

“However, we do have this band of heavier rain that is pushing its way northeastwards. This could bring some sleet or snow over the higher ground of northern England.

“Then to the southwest of this, the rest of the rain starting to clear away. But, still some outbreaks of rain and some of these could be heavy at times, and remaining largely cloudy.

“As we go through the day, we will see that band of rain pushing its way northeastwards – further showery outbreaks following in behind. The best of the dry and brighter weather, perhaps for northern parts of Scotland. Here it could stay largely sunny.

“Elsewhere lots of cloud, but temperatures will be a couple of degrees higher than on Christmas Day. However, it won’t feel it with the rain and stronger winds.

“There is the risk of some gales towards the southwest, particularly towards coastal parts.”

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