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Heavy rain batters Britain as 54 flood alerts issued


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Heavy rain will batter Britain today as authorities issue 54 flood alerts.

The UK will witness yet more torrid conditions over the weekend, with flooding expected in places.

A total of three flood warnings are in place across England, the Environment Agency has announced.

North Sea at Staithes, River Trent at Alkborough Flats and Wye Estuary at Brockweir are all expected to witness flooding.

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A further 44 flood alerts have been issued in England, meaning flooding remains possible in many other places.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has just one flood alert impacting the Western Isles.

National Resources Wales has warned residents about a further six alerts.

The decision to issue 54 warnings and alerts across Great Britain comes as the Met Office forecasts downpours across the nation.


People walk by Centenary Square in Birmingham during a rainy morning

People walk by Centenary Square in Birmingham during a rainy morning


In its forecast for today, the UK’s national weather service said: “Heavy rain developing across Northern Ireland this morning, spreading to northwest Wales, northern England and much of Scotland this afternoon.

“Largely fine in northeast Scotland and bright and warm in southern Britain. Windy in the west with coastal gales possible.”

Looking ahead to tonight, the Met Office added: “Rain clearing Scotland but lingering across northern England and Wales, heavy at times.

“Showers following to northwestern areas. Staying dry in the south and east. Milder than last night. Breezy.”

People walk through the rain and wet weather

People walk through the rain and wet weather


Ireland’s weather service Met Éireann is also forecasting a wet start to Saturday.

However, it also issued a yellow rain warning for three counties on the Emerald Isle.

The alert, covering Cork, Kerry and Waterford, is valid until 8pm.

Met Éireann said: “Outbreaks of rain will also affect counties in the northwest too which will gradually spread further east later in the afternoon.”

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