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Fortnight's worth of rain could fall on Somerset in just three days this weekend

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

  • The Met Office's yellow warning issued for tonight and tomorrow morning

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A fortnight's worth of rain could fall in just three days as Somerset is warned to brace itself for more wet weather this weekend.

Heavy showers are forecast to sweep across the county tonight and early tomorrow morning, with more persistent rain expected to arrive on Sunday.

The South West could receive up to 75mm of rain over the next 72 hours, plus an additional 20mm on high ground such as Dartmoor and Exmoor.

The Met Office has issued two severe weather warnings - both yellow alerts to prepare for heavy rain - for Somerset and the South West over the next three days.

The first is in place from 5pm today until 6am tomorrow morning.

"A further spell of heavy rain will move eastwards across southern parts of England and Wales during Friday evening and the first part of Saturday," said the Met Office.

"Following on from the heavy rain during Thursday night, the public should be aware of the increased risk of localised flooding across the West Country."

A second warning is in place from 6pm on Sunday evening, and covers the whole of Monday.

The Met Office is warning people to be aware of the possibility of disruption to travel due to localised flooding.

Strong winds of up to 60 mph on the coast were due to have brought in the first band of heavy rain overnight. Up to 25mm, or an inch, of persistent rain is set to fall today.

Another heavier band of rain is expected to fall on Sunday when between 20 to 40mm are expected in all parts and up to 60mm on high ground. More rain is predicted to fall during the early part of next week.

The Environment Agency has warned people to prepare for waterlogged roads, but maintained there was a low risk of flooding.

Mike Dunning, spokesman for the agency, said: “We expect more prolonged rain on Sunday. But it’s been relatively dry over the past few days, so the risk of flooding remains low.”

Met Office forecaster Charles Powell advised: “Make the most of Saturday, which is set to be a dry and fine day. [Today] there will be distinct heavy pulses of rain, which is why we have released a weather warning for the region.”

“The sunshine early on Sunday will be squeezed out by a big band of cloud bringing more rain during mid-late morning. And into next week there is not too much hope of an improvement on Monday or Tuesday with more cloud expected.”

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