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UK set for 10 more days of rain

Britain will continue to be lashed by heavy rain and high winds over the next 10 days - with breaks for drier and brighter spells, forecasters said.

The Environment Agency issued several flood alerts including 10 in Wales following heavy rain.

Chris Burton, forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "When you look for the next 10 days, it is going to stay unsettled. There will be heavy rain at times and quite strong westerly winds at times but there will be some dry spells.

"I think Wednesday into Thursday looks quite dry for most areas with more rain moving in on Friday. It is a mobile weather picture at the moment."

He said the heaviest rain yesterday had been in Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, where 35 millimetres, or 1.4 inches, fell in the 24 hours to 6pm.

The Met Office issued yellow severe weather warnings for the central, Tayside and Fife area, south west Scotland, Lothian, Strathclyde and borders and south west England as well as Wales.

The Environment Agency issued more than 20 flood alerts, in the south west of England, the Midlands and Wales.

It said the risk of flooding was "low" for all three areas over the next 24 hours.

They said: "There is a low risk of river and surface water flooding today across Devon and Cornwall and a low risk of surface water flooding in other parts of south west of England.

"On Tuesday there is a low risk of river and surface water flooding across much of south west England and south Wales as shown in the map below for tomorrow. This is as a result of further heavy rain expected through tomorrow.

"The forecast flood risk remains very low for all other areas today and tomorrow, and for all of England and Wales on Wednesday."

Dan Williams, of the Met Office, said: "It looks unsettled into the weekend and indeed into the start of next week as well.

"It looks as though we will see periods of rain and perhaps some drier brighter spells."


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