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More flood warnings for UK

Parts of rain-sodden England and Wales are facing more flood warnings today with some areas facing downpours that could see a month's rain fall in a few hours.

While Northern Ireland is largely expecting a dry and even sunny next few days, the Environment Agency has said people in central and eastern England should be on alert as heavy thunderstorms are forecast.

The Met Office issued another severe weather warning for heavy rain in parts of the Midlands, Wales, southern and eastern England. Many areas were expecting up to 30mm of rain last night and this morning.

Some parts could even get up to 60mm of rain, almost the total average for the month of July, in a few hours.

The downpours on ground already saturated by months of rain could lead to surface water flooding where drainage systems are unable to cope and rivers could possibly burst their banks.

The Environment Agency said swollen rivers could prove problematic in parts of the Midlands and East Anglia, while there was still a risk of flooding from rising groundwater across Dorset.

John Curtin, of the Environment Agency, said: “The combination of saturated ground, high river levels and further forecasts of torrential rain mean people must remain vigilant.”

The wettest April to June on record, followed by more heavy rain so far this month, has caused widespread — and in some cases, repeated — flooding.

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