Wet weekend continues with West Midlands weather warning extended

Heavy rain has lashed much of the country.

Rain has been battering the region, including here in Wednesfield
Rain has been battering the region, including here in Wednesfield

The region’s wet weekend will continue as a weather warning for rain covering the West Midlands has been extended.

The amber warning - which covers all of the Black Country, Birmingham and Shropshire along with much of Staffordshire, south west England and Wales - was due to expire at 6am but has been extended until midday.

The public have been warned to expect flooding and transport disruption, with more than 50 flood alerts and a small number of flood warnings issued.

Weather warnings in the UK this weekend

One of the flood warnings in place is for a brook next to the A449 north of Wolverhampton.

The warning for Sarden Brook near Coven warns of flooding affecting properties next to Stafford Road after river levels rose at the Deepmore Farm gauge.

"We are closely monitoring the situation," the warning said.

"Our incident response staff are actively checking river levels and the weather forecast. Please avoid using low lying footpaths and bridges near local watercourses and plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded."

Flood alerts were also issued for the River Sow and River Penk in Stafford and the River Stoue and Smestow Brook.

Rain battered large parts of the West Midlands throughout Saturday and showers were also forecast for Sunday morning.

Some places in Somerset and Hampshire have had more than a month’s worth of rainfall in 42 hours, as the Met Office issued warnings not seen since March.

Elsewhere, a yellow warning for rain in northern Ireland was issued on Saturday night, and is in place until 6pm on Sunday.

Wet roads outside The Hawthorns during the rainy weather

Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said areas within the amber warning areas could see 20mm of rain, with as much as 50mm over higher ground on Sunday.

“Still a fair bit of rain to come over the next 24 hours,” he said.

The Met Office said in the 42 hours running up to 6pm on Saturday, there had been 116mm of rain at Blackpitts Gate in Somerset, and 101mm at Princes Marsh in Hampshire.

A family of four had to be rescued by firefighters from a road in Billericay, Essex, on Saturday morning after their car became trapped in floodwater, while police forces across the country issued warnings to drivers after a number of crashes on waterlogged roads.

ScotRail said following Saturday’s bad weather, affected areas will need to be checked first thing on Sunday morning to make sure routes are safe for services to run, resulting in some lines being closed.

RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis said that road conditions would be “miserable if not downright dangerous” for drivers this weekend.

He said they drivers need to be prepared for “an ugly mix” of surface spray, gusty winds and more than likely some disruption on the roads.

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