Rainy weekend to cap year of floods

Mid Devon Star: It will be a wet and stormy end to the year, according to forecasters It will be a wet and stormy end to the year, according to forecasters

A wet and stormy weekend could mark the end of one of the wettest years in history in Britain, with no respite expected for the saturated south west.

More heavy downpours will continue today and tomorrow as fresh bands of rain sweep east, followed by a storm this weekend.

Sleet and snow will also fall across the north of England and southern Scotland today, with Perth receiving a few centimetres this morning already.

Although sunshine will break through at the weekend, intermittent stormy showers will plague Britain until the new year.

It brings continued misery to the south-west which has seen the worst of the flooding in recent days and is still subject to a Met Office severe weather warning.

The British Geological Survey has an amber landslide warning in place for the region, urging walkers to take care along coastal routes because of fears of land instability and rock fall.

A storm brewing in the Atlantic could bring up to 50mm of rain and 90mph winds in some areas this weekend. A forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "New bands of rain will sweep across Britain from west to east today, tomorrow and Saturday bringing some heavy showers.

"There will be some sunshine and clearer skies on Saturday but it will be a stormy weekend and noticeably wet and windy. Winds will reach up to 50mph in the north and west of the UK, and up to 90mph along the west coast of Scotland."

She added that some areas of the UK have had "way above" their average annual rainfall this year with the south west hit particularly badly. "It's going to be a wet and stormy end to the year," she said.

The Environment Agency has issued 109 flood warnings and 213 less serious flood alerts for the UK as the risk of flooding continues. However, the agency has removed 76 flood warnings and alerts in the last 24 hours. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has one flood alert in place around the Scottish Borders.

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