The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for rain across much of the country as the tail-end of the storm that battered the US at the weekend continued to sweep in from the Atlantic with more heavy rain expected on Friday, The Guardian reports. More than a dozen flood warnings remain in place for parts of north-west, north-east and south-west England and Wales.
The Cumbrian village of Glenridding was flooded on Tuesday for the fourth time this winter. The Lake District village was flooded three times in December, and on Tuesday businesses were hit once again and schools sent children home.
The owners of the Glenridding hotel said they had been flooded again. “We are feeling very emotional here as we are receiving the full brunt of the water yet again. Feeling devastated, tired and defeated,” they wrote on their Facebook page, alongside photographs of floors submerged in water.
The Environment Agency has issued 16 flood warnings – six in the south-west, four in the north-east, three in the north-west and three in Wales. Flood warnings mean flooding is expected. More rain is expected later in the week, with a cold snap at the weekend, bringing icy conditions.
“It’s going to be wet and windy on Friday and then we have colder air moving in with some icy conditions for a brief cold spell,” said a Met Office spokeswoman, adding that conditions were “flip-flopping” considerably.
Troops were put on standby and the EA deployed temporary defences and pumps in preparation for further flooding, from which some communities are still reeling following the storms last month.Pictures and videos posted on social media by Cumbria residents on Tuesday afternoon showed heavy rain and blocked roads. Local police forces have urged drivers and people walking near the coast to take care, while a handful of schools closed.
Paul Mott, a forecaster for MeteoGroup, said rainfall was not expected to be as high as on Tuesday, when up to 100mm (3.9ins) fell in northern areas.
He said: “We have got outbreaks of rain spreading east across England and Wales and strong southwesterly winds, with the strongest gusts up to 60mph over Wales and northern England.
“Localised flooding is possible but we are not quite seeing the heavy rain we saw yesterday. There may be a bit of snow over the Scottish Highlands but most areas will be mainly a bit drier into the afternoon.”
The Met says a cold and showery start is expected for most on Sunday, with showers falling as snow on hills, and possibly to lower levels at times in the north.
Conditions for next week are expected to remain changeable, especially in the north-west, with bands of rain interspersed by colder, showery conditions, with snow at times in the north. Temperatures should be near or slightly above average, though briefly dipping below average with some night frost in any colder periods.