Downpours misery 'not over yet'

Downpours misery 'not over yet'

Communities could face yet another round of localised flooding as meteorologists predict more torrential rain is set to sweep across the country.

Downpours are expected to lash Britain once again by Thursday, despite the promising dry start for many regions this week. The warning comes in the wake of destruction from last week's wet weather, which caused water to gush through towns and villages, flooding homes and businesses.

The Environment Agency has issued four flood warnings in the North East and one in the North West in preparation for the heavy rain. Meteorologists said this is a "sharp drop" in the number of warnings in place over the weekend, but risk of floods still remain due to the saturated ground following previous downpours.

Forecasters from MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, predict thunderstorms and torrential weather to hit northern England, Scotland and some regions in Wales by Thursday. It is hoped car owners and householders are prepared withcar insurance and cover for their homes should floods affect their communities.

Senior forecaster Matt Dobson said: "Flash flooding is certainly likely in parts of the UK on Thursday. After a very warm and humid start to the day, there will be an increasing risk of rain in central and northern areas, which is where flooding is most likely."

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