At least a dozen flood alerts have been issued in parts of England and Wales, as meteorologists have predicted thundery showers to cause havoc for communities close to rivers already at high levels as a result of Storm Alex. Experts at the Weather Outlook have said their forecast charts show a “potentially nasty disturbance running up from the southwest” of Europe on Thursday which “needs watching closely”.
They said Britons should expect “very wet conditions” towards the second half of the week.
The Met Office said Monday night will bring widespread showers across the UK, “especially parts of western Scotland where some more persistent and locally heavy rain is likely”.
For Tuesday, weather experts have forecast “an unsettled day” for most regions “with a mixture of sunny spells and showers, heavy at times”.
Strong winds will be felt in multiple regions especially the south of England.
Scattered blustery showers will affect Wales and parts of the west of England.
Some showers in the Midlands and Wales will be thundery while Scotland will remain dull and overcast with outbreaks of rain and drizzle.
Tuesday evening will be clouding with showers throughout the night in north Wales, north-west England, Northern Ireland, northern and western Scotland.
Conditions from Wednesday to Friday are expected to remain unsettled, with the three days on track to be “windy and rather cold with sunshine and showers, heaviest and most frequent in the north and west.”
Thursday will bring heavy cloud cover and increased rains to the south.
There are 10 flood warnings in place across England while authorities in Wales have issued four flood alerts.
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An alert issued for the River Colne and Fray’s River in West Drayton, west London, warns of “deep and fast flowing” waters.
The Met Office warned locals: “Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water.”
The River Thame is expected to burst its banks between Eythrope in Buckinghamshire and Chiselhampton in Oxfordshire.
The Met Office said: “Property flooding is expected.
“River levels are high on the River Thame following Storm Alex.
“Levels have stabilised around Aylesbury, but continue to slowly rise in the Thame area.
“Therefore, flooding of property is expected to continue, especially in the rural areas between Aylesbury and Thame.”
They added: “Our incident response staff are in the area clearing weed/trash screens.”
They advised locals to “remain safe and aware of your local surroundings, avoid contact with flood water”.
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