UK weather forecasts have nosedived this week as autumn bears its teeth, with miserable rain showers and slowly descending temperatures on the way. Autumn officially began on September 23 by astronomical reckoning, but meteorologists say the season started on September 1 in line with temperature averages. Forecasters have predicted maximum temperatures of 19C this week, with persistent rain bleeding into the weekend. The Met Office has alerted people to the possibility of flooding, with a yellow warning for rain in place for most of England.
Met Office forecasters have released a yellow warning for rain from 4am this morning, which continues until 11pm tonight.
The warning encompasses most of England, from Plymouth and Canterbury in the south to Newcastle in the north.
Forecasters revealed floodwaters could cause power cuts, and bring delays and cancellations to public transport.
Fast-flowing floodwaters could also cause a danger to life.
The Met Office warned of intense rainfall capable of causing floods within hours for some parts of the country.
They said: “Spells of very heavy rain are expected to move northeastwards across much of England and Wales during Tuesday.
“Whilst many areas will see some heavy rain with 15 to 30mm widely, some places may see up to 70mm, much of this in a relatively short space of time, typically less than 6 hours.
“Thunder and lightning is also possible along with strong gusty winds.”
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts along 18 river locations as the rain threatens to raise water levels.
There are flood alerts for the following 18 areas:
– Beverley Brook area in Merton, Sutton, Kingston upon Thames, Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth
– Lower Lee tributaries
– Lower River Lune and Conder
– Ravensbourne area in the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon
– River Calder
– River Cole and Dorcan Brook
– River Hogsmill area from Ewell to Kingston upon Thames
– River Pinn and Woodridings Stream
– River Rythe from Oxshott to Thames Ditton
– Rivers Beam and Rom
– River Stour and Smestow Brook in the Black Country and South Staffordshire
– River Wandle area in the London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton, Lambeth, Croydon and Sutton
– Shuttle and Cray
– Silk Stream and the Deans, Edgware, Dollis, Mutton and Wealdstone Brooks
– South East Somerset Rivers, Upper Reaches
– Upper Frome and tributaries
– Upper River Ribble, Hodder
– Yeading Brooks in London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon
There is one flood warning – which warns flooding is expected and urges immediate action – for Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester.
Flood alerts advise flooding is possible in warning areas, and residents within warnings should prepare for the worst.
The Met Office advises people within a flood alert should stay up to date with warnings from the Environment Agency.
People should also keep a bag of medicine and documents if a need to evacuate arises.
If flood risks increase, residents should also turn off gas, water and electricity, and move family members and possessions to safety.