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Severe weather warning latest: Somerset should avoid worst of heavy rain

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

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The Met Office has issued an amber severe weather warning for parts of the South West as heavy rain is forecast

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Somerset is expected to avoid the worst of the heavy rain that is forecast to hit the South West this weekend.

A Met Office severe weather warning issued earlier this week put the county on alert for some torrential downpours today but, so far, the rain has stayed away.

Its yellow warning remains in place until 11pm on Saturday night and, for Devon and Cornwall tomorrow, it has been upgraded to an amber warning - the second most severe weather warning that the national weather service can give.

A Met Office statement said: "Slow moving thundery showers will develop across southern parts of England on Friday).

The public should be prepared for the likelihood of surface water flooding and an increasing risk of river flooding, especially in the Amber area, leading to disruption to travel and outdoor activities.

"Further heavy showers or longer periods of rain are expected during Saturday.

"Although not all places will see the heaviest of the rain, where it does fall it is likely to lead to surface water flooding and some disruption to travel.

"There remains some uncertainty in the location of the heaviest rainfall, but at this time the south west of England looks the most likely area to be affected.

"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of surface water flooding and some disruption to travel and outdoor activities, particularly in the amber warning area."

The amber warning covers Devon and Cornwall, and is in place from midnight tonight until 11pm tomorrow night.

The rest of the region remains on yellow alert while Met Office uncertainty remains over the exact location of the forecast heavy rain.

Click here for the latest weather forecast in Somerset.

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