UK weather: Parts of UK set for outbreaks of ‘persistent’ rain
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A yellow weather warning is in place ahead of Sunday when the wet weather is due to hit with The Met Office predicting downpours from around midday which will continue through the afternoon. Eastern parts of England could see the worst rain which experts say could lead to flooding and disruption to transport. The Environment Agency has also increased its flood risk level from “very low” to “low” and is advising people to continue checking flood warnings.
A Met Office spokesperson said: “The heavier rain is expected to move eastwards across the day, becoming slow-moving across the east later on in the day.
“There is a chance of thunderstorms also and 30-40mm totals over a few hours is possible.
“There is a yellow warning for rain in force from midday to midnight on Sunday, running up the east coast of England. There is a small chance of localised flooding from those heavy showers.”
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Travel disruption expected
Localised flooding could cause some disruption to transport networks, The Met Office warns.
Earlier this week “unprecedented” footage was shared across social media of buses and cars struggling to cross Tower Bridge due to flooding.
The barriers running alongside the bridge prevented the water from draining away, leaving it trapped in the middle.
Where is the warning in place?
The Met Office’s yellow warning is in place from 12 pm until midnight on Sunday across the East of England.
This includes East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, North East England, North West England, South West England, West Midlands, Yorkshire & Humber.
Average rainfall in September
The UK’s average ten days of rain in September totals 70 millimetres or 2.7 inches.
The Met Office is predicting as much as 30 to 40 millimetres could fall on Sunday, more than half the national average.
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