Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 8°C


East Anglia: Environment Agency warns of heavy rain and localised flooding during Saturday summer downpour

11:27 06 June 2014

Large parts of Britain, including East Anglia, face a summer soaking on Saturday with some areas expected to see nearly half of an entire month’s rain fall in just an hour.


Severe weather warnings have been issued covering much of the country amid fears of flooding.

The Environment Agency has issued a total of 104 “low risk” flood alerts.

The Met Office said thundery rain is expected to start falling early on Saturday morning, with showers unlikely to ease off until the evening.

Some places could see between 0.8in (20mm) and 1.2in (30mm) of rain fall in an hour - almost half of the UK monthly average for the whole of June of 2.9in (73.4mm).

Met Office spokesman Dan Williams said the downpours will be “pretty heavy”.

He said: “We are looking at the potential for some localised flooding because they are potentially heavy enough that we could see so much rain fall in a short space of time that it can’t drain away fast enough.”

Regions where yellow “be aware” warnings for rain are currently in place are North West England; North East England; Yorkshire & Humber; West Midlands; East Midlands; East of England; South West England; London & South East England; Strathclyde; Central, Tayside and Fife; South West Scotland; Lothian Borders; Northern Ireland; and Wales.

The Environment Agency said: “Heavy rain with isolated torrential downpours may bring some river and surface water flooding on Saturday across all of England, except for Devon and Cornwall, and all of Wales, except for Pembrokeshire.”

The predicted deluge is down to warm, humid air moving in from Europe which creates a risk of downpours when it mixes with cooler air over the UK.

It has been a soggy 2014 so far, particularly in Reading. Experts in the Berkshire town have recorded the wettest first five months of any year on record at their measuring site.

Dr Roger Brugge, a meteorologist at Reading University, said a total of 18in (462mm) fell between January and May - around 1in (25mm) more than in any other first five months of a year since records began in 1908.

His colleague, Dr Hannah Cloke, a flooding expert, said : “We could see flash floods in some parts of Britain if rainfall this weekend is as intense as has been predicted.

“The problem is likely to be exacerbated in areas where the ground is still wet from the winter floods, particularly in catchments with high groundwater levels and where rivers are still high following Britain’s wettest winter ever.”

it is not all bad news, however, with some areas expected to enjoy warm temperatures and some bright spells in between the showers.

The Met Office said the mercury could rise as high as 25C (77F) on Friday and Saturday in London and the South East - not far short of the warmest temperature of the year so far, 26.3C (79.3F).

Mr Williams said: “It is going to be one of those warm but humid days where you could see some bright spells but also some heavy showers as well.”

He said the downpours will ease by Sunday when there will be some “good, dry and bright spells”, particularly in southern and eastern parts of the country and only a risk of light rain in some areas.

Next week is likely to be “slightly unsettled” with some dry and bright conditions along with light showers, he added.



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ipswich Star visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ipswich Star staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ipswich Star account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Cannabis found at a house in Powling Road in Ipswich.

An illegal immigrant is facing a jail term after police found nearly 400 plants and seedlings at a cannabis factory set up in an east Ipswich house.

Orwell Bridge

A man has died after falling from the Orwell Bridge.

Childhood obesity figures revealed

One in 10 Suffolk children will become obese or overweight before leaving primary school, new figures have revealed.

Ben Gummer and Mark Pendlington at Ipswich rail station.

Campaigners seeking to improve rail services between East Anglia and London have insisted that the new report into infrastructure is good for the region – because it makes little reference to the route.

John Hobson, 65, of Mill Road in Colchester, who died following the crash

The partner of a man, who died following a crash in west Suffolk, has paid tribute to her “one true love”.

Alison Wheeler and Tony Brown.

Suffolk’s libraries are facing budget cuts of more than 20% over the next two years – but their chairman has pledged that no branches will be closed.

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

It was a rather uneventful night for former Ipswich Town player Kieron Dyer in the I’m A Celebrity... jungle last night

The Buttermarket Centre will become a £35m pleasure palace

Excitement is building as Ipswich prepares to welcome a string of big-name restaurants as part of the Buttermarket makeover.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service dealing with crane fire on M25. Photo: David Stubbs

Motorists travelling further afield are being urged to avoid the M25 this morning after a lorry fire.

It's been a busy day in Ipswich

All the news from a busy day in Ipswich in video form, including the closure of Marks and Spencer, station revamp and sport.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the Ipswich Star e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24