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UK weather forecast: 59 flood alerts in place as Met Office forecasts sun ahead

Chegwe Ezenwa

Jan. 20, 2020

UK WEATHER forecasts have started to look up recently, as gloomy January skies part for a glimpse of sun this week. The winter front is yet to leave, however, as flooding remains a possibility in parts of the country.
UK weather forecasters have predicted weather will become brighter and drier at the end of January, as a blanket of wind and rain shifts away from the country. However, the wet weather is yet to depart, as the Environment Agency has released a chain of warnings for parts of the UK.
The Environment Agency has released a total of 60 warnings for the UK today.
The agency currently has some 59 flood “alerts” in place, which warn of potential flooding at some rivers and tributaries.
They also released one flood “warning” which urges people to take immediate action in the face of rising waters.
The only flood warning in place today is for the B1040 from Thorney to Whittlesey road on the outskirts of Peterborough.
A further flood alert is in place for the area surrounding the road, and another 58 are in place for the rest of the UK.
Most of the warnings are for areas to the west, northwest and southwest of London, around Oxford, Reading and parts of Swindon.
Parts of Cambridgeshire, Swindon, and Wales will also see an increased risk of flooding over the rest of the day.
The Environment Agency yellow warning means flooding is “possible” and people should prepare.
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While some parts of the country tackle rising floodwaters, most places can expect to see dry weather starting this weekend.
According to the Met Office’s latest long-range forecast, “bright spells and light winds” will replace the bluster brought by storm Brendan last week.
The forecast said: “Into the weekend, it will be staying cloudy for most with a risk of light rain or drizzle at times.
“However, it is expected to be largely dry and settled with bright spells and light winds.”
“This will continue for the south further into the following week, whilst the north could be wetter and windier at times.
“Later on in this period, some rain may briefly spread further southeast across the UK, although the most unsettled weather is likely to remain in the north and northwest, where some hill snow is possible.
“Further southeast drier spells will be accompanied by the best of any brightness, along with the greatest risk of fog and frost.
“Temperatures will generally be near average, although a little below at times in the north.”
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