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UK weather: Heavy rainfall set to bring flooding and disruption to parts of the UK

Written by on 19 February 2021

Heavy rainfall could bring flooding and travel disruption to parts of the UK over the weekend, the Met Office has warned.

A number of heavy rain weather warnings have been issued for parts of England, Scotland and Wales from Friday until Sunday.

Met Office senior meteorologist Marco Petagna said areas within an amber weather warning in south Wales could see twice the normal rainfall for February.

He added: “We are looking at one or two inches (25-50mm) of rain. Some areas where these warnings are in force we could see 100mm, that’s four inches.

“For the amber warning, potentially up to 200mm (8in), that’s twice the normal February rainfall.”

The amber weather warning is in force across parts of south Wales from 8pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday, with heavy and persistent rain expected to cause some flooding and disruption to transport and utilities.

Yellow weather warnings are also in place across large parts of west and south Wales, parts of west, southwest and central Scotland from Friday until Sunday, parts of Devon and Cornwall from Friday to Saturday and parts of Cumbria on Saturday.

Natural Resources Wales has issued 30 flood alerts and one flood warning on Friday, while the Environment Agency issued five flood warnings and 80 flood alerts for England.

Saturday's Met Office weather warnings Image: Saturday’s Met Office weather warnings

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency issued 22 flood warnings and nine flood alerts.

Mr Petagna said the east of the country will have a much quieter weekend with mild temperatures up to 16C (60.8F) in the South East, but with light and patchy rain on Sunday.

However, he warned that after a brief break in the rain there was more wet weather to come next week.

He added: “There will be some respite Sunday and Monday but going into Tuesday there’s some more rainfall.

“Again the West and North West could see further rain developing.”

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