Wet weather set to continue

UMBRELLAS will continue to be a familiar sight over the next few days as the wet weather looks set to continue.After three days of torrential rain over the weekend forecasters are predicting the showers will continue until the end of the week.

UMBRELLAS will continue to be a familiar sight over the next few days as the wet weather looks set to continue.

After three days of torrential rain over the weekend forecasters are predicting the showers will continue until the end of the week.

More showers were expected today and it was expected to be wet and very windy tonight. Maximum temperatures would reach 10C (50F) dropping to 8C (46F) this evening.

After months of drought farmers welcomed some relief and even though it all seems to be coming at once it will not cause them any problems.

A spokesman for the National Farmers Union said: "It is nice to get some rain after such a long dry spell and even though there was quite a lot over the weekend it should not cause farmers any problems.

"We have had some problems planting the rape seed this year and we will have to wait for the crop to come up to judge how successful it has been this year."

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But despite huge puddles lying all over the streets Anglian Water said that the rain will not really affect the water table.

Spokeswoman Sara Rowland said: "The rain we had over the weekend won't make a huge difference to the water table.

"The soil is still incredibly dry after the long dry summer and the ground is just soaking up any rainfall at the moment.

"We need a month or two of the average amount of rainfall for this time of year to top up the water table.

"River levels may have increased in areas where the rain has run off the ground and there may be some localised flooding.

"Water resources are secure and we have no immediate problems but the public should be water-wise and be prudent with it."

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