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Weekend washout to continue into next week, forecasters warn

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here is more heavy rain on the way, the Met Office has warned – bringing with it a risk of flash flooding in some areas.

The weekend has proved to be a washout so far, with England and Scotland fans watching Friday night’s game on screens in London’s Leicester Square getting a soaking.

Fans watch England v Scotland / PA Wire

There were delays at Royal Ascot as officials adjusted the course to avoid the worst of the soggy ground.

Saturday dawned grey but significantly drier, but England is due another drenching overnight.

Alex Burkhill, a meteorologist with the Met Office, said parts of southern England could see 10-15mm or even 20mm in an hour on Saturday night going Sunday.

The total rainfalls could reach 30mm over two or three hours in areas of Kent, Essex and East Sussex.

The Environment Agency currently has 12 flood alerts in force spanning locations in greater London, the Midlands and up into South Yorkshire.

It means flooding is possible and residents should be prepared.

There is one flood warning in place, meaning flooding is expected, at the River Loddon and Blackwater at Swallowfield in Berkshire.

By Saturday afternoon cars already faced perilous routes through flooded roads.

Summer weather June 19th 2021 / PA Wire

Mr Burkhill said: “It is definitely heavy rain for any time of year but it is not unusual. At this time of year we generally get more intense rain.

“It may not go on as long as the winter and autumn months, but this time of year the rain has a lot more energy because of the warm air and there is a greater risk of flash flooding.”

He continued: “Unlike winter when long periods of rain cause water levels to rise and rivers to burst their banks, in summer there are periods of intense rain – really heavy for a short period – and you get flash floods when drains become blocked or are unable to cope with intense rainfall.”

The rain is expected to continue into next week and beyond.

Mr Burkhill said: “The heaviest rain will be in the south east, but partly because of the timing the impacts aren’t thought to be heavy enough to warrant a warning at the moment.

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