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Somerset spared from further wind and rain over next 48 hours

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

Today's severe weather warning is in place until 2pm this afternoon

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Somerset should avoid the worst of the wet and windy weather forecast to hit the UK over the next 48 hours.

The county has been battered by gales and heavy rain this morning, and a Met Office severe weather warning is in place until 2pm this afternoon.

However, yellow warnings for tomorrow and New Year's Eve have now been lifted as the worst of the rain is expected to miss Somerset as it sweeps over Wales.

Around 25mm of rain was expected to fall across Somerset today, with up to 50mm in places, but tomorrow and Monday should give the county a chance to dry out.

Andy Page, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said: "A particularly deep area of low pressure will bring another spell of wet and windy weather across the UK later on Friday and into Saturday.

"Around 15 to 25mm of rain is likely quite widely across western parts of the UK but the heaviest and most persistent rain is expected over southwest facing hills where as much as 40 to 50 mm rain may fall.

"We have issued severe weather warnings for the heavy rain and gales and will be monitoring the situation to keep everyone up-to-date with the latest picture through our forecasts and warnings."

The Met Office said some regions of England including the Midlands, East Anglia, East and Northeast England and Northern England had also broken annual rainfall records.

But the UK as a whole still needs 46mm of rain over the last few days of December to break the annual record.

Click here for the latest Somerset weather forecast.

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