Flood alerts in England after month’s worth of rain falls in 24 hours

Flood warnings are in place across England this weekend after parts of the south-east endured a month’s worth of rainfall in 24 hours.

The Met Office has forecast outbreaks of rain to hit the south late on Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. The Environment Agency has issued 39 flood alerts in London and surrounding areas, Kent, parts of the home counties, the West Midlands and Wiltshire.

It will be largely dry across most of the UK during the day as temperatures are predicted to range from highs of 19C (66F) in London and Cardiff to 18C in Belfast and 17C in Edinburgh.

Some sporadic showers are also forecast for Scotland.

Further rain is predicted for the south of England, northern Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday, while the rest of the country is likely to be dry with some bright or sunny spells.

Hampshire and Buckinghamshire have been particularly affected by heavy rain. Otterbourne in Hampshire had 67mm of rainfall from 11pm on Thursday to 5pm Friday, while Dancers End near Tring in Hertfordshire, Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire and Toddington in Bedfordshire had between 65mm and 57mm of rain.

The Environment Agency has urged drivers not to plough through flood water, warning that just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to “lots of standing water” on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.

The DVLA’s tips include allowing at least double the usual distance between your vehicle and the one in front, keeping speed down and using dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you.



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