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Rain eases but there's more to come

Flood waters are receding but forecasters have warned that the recent deluges could be followed by unseasonable frost and sub zero temperatures.

Although dozens of flood warnings remained in place and some rivers were set to reach their peaks, the worst appeared to be over for the time being.

But the rain was expected to return later in the week, along with freezing weather in some areas.

Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association, predicted only a brief respite from the downpours.

Senior forecaster Paul Mott said: "It's turning drier over many areas now, and through the night and tomorrow it will be drier.

"But then there will be further fairly heavy rain coming in from the east tomorrow night and it looks like there'll be some localised flooding again, particularly in low lying river valleys."

Up to 25mm of rainfall was forecast for tomorrow night and into Thursday over southern England and south Wales.

But the downpours are likely to gradually ease on Thursday afternoon, it was predicted.

The weekend was set to be drier but colder, with frost on Saturday night a possibility in rural parts of northern England and Scotland, Mr Mott said.

Temperatures were forecast to plunge as low as -1C in these areas - some eight degrees below the current average night time temperature.

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