Rain-lashed areas return to normal
Published 25/10/2011 | 06:52
Parts of the British Isles lashed by heavy rain and strong winds which caused flooding in some areas have been returning to normal.
Rain and high winds across the whole United Kingdom resulted in flood warnings for parts of the North Sea coast in Yorkshire and at Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire on Monday night, although they were lifted on Tuesday morning. Localised flooding was also reported across Cornwall and parts of west Devon.
The wettest place in Britain on Monday was Cardinham, on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, which received almost half a month's worth of rain in one day.
The Met Office said 2.7in (68.4mm) fell on Cardinham over the 24-hour period, compared with an average October monthly rainfall of 5.7in (146.2mm). Most of that, 2.2in (58mm), fell in 12 hours between 7am and 7pm.
In one hour at around lunchtime on Monday, Luxulyan, near St Austell in Cornwall, recorded 0.9in (23.6mm) of rain, and at Milford Haven in West Wales 0.7in (17.8mm) fell during the evening rush-hour, out of 2.1in (52.4mm) which fell in 24 hours.
In the Republic of Ireland, rescue workers searching for policeman Ciaran Jones, 25, who was swept away by floods in the Wicklow mountains, said they had recovered a body from the River Liffey. The body of a woman was also found in a flooded basement in Dublin, police said.
In Cornwall, 13-year-old Annie Thomas was reunited with her parents after going missing in poor weather while walking her dog near the coast at St Agnes last night. She was found with a head injury in a field by an 80-strong rescue team.
Billy Payne, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said the heavy rain system which sat over Ireland, Wales and south-west England, bringing the downpours, would move north and weaken during the day.
There should now be sunny periods interspersed with heavy showers, apart from northern Scotland, where heavy rain will continue. But there is also a risk of thundery showers in the South West and South Wales later.
The Met Office forecast a mix of sunshine and showers for the rest of the week, with southern Britain expected to have another wet day on Thursday.