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Flood risk as wet winter forecast

There is a risk of further flooding in parts of the UK today - just as forecasters predict a wetter winter than average.

In a three-month forecast for the winter period the Met Office has said the outlook "suggests an increased risk of milder and wetter than average conditions".

Last winter was the wettest on record, with the average rainfall for winter reaching more than 21 inches, eight inches greater than the usual for the time of year.

Most of the country woke up to dull and dreary conditions today, with heavy rainfall especially across the south-west of England and parts of Wales.

A number of flood alerts are in place in north-east Scotland, with the Environment Agency warning that persistent rainfall overnight may cause localised flooding in Aberdeenshire, Dundee and Tayside.

In the south-west of England rainfall is not expected to be as high as the end of last week but river levels will be sensitive to further rainfall, the Environment Agency said.

Met Office forecaster Laura Corrigan said: "The rain will ease and fragment for most places as we move through the day, but it will be quite persistent in north-east Scotland.

"There is also a chance of windspeeds in the north-east of England and up into Scotland reaching between 35 and 40mph."

Later this evening the eastern and southern coasts are likely to see "a few showers", she added.

Clear, bright spells for the west and north-west of the UK will see fog patches develop and there are risks of temperatures dipping to freezing tonight.

Last week many parts of the UK had to deal with the fall-out of heavy rainfall, with residents in Somerset Levels seeing increased river levels, many in Northern Ireland facing road closures due to downpours, and commuters in Friday's rush hour being caught in tailbacks after a 1ft-deep pothole formed on the M25 when heavy rain prevented concrete repairs setting.

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