Met Office issues new 18-hour weather warning with 50mm of rain expected to fall in Somerset

Met Office issues new 18-hour weather warning with 50mm of rain expected to fall in Somerset

The Met Office has issued a new weather warning across Somerset, with up to 50mm of rain expected to fall. After a series of weather warnings were issued across the country last week, following the severe impact of Storm Debbie, meteorologists are now warning of “another wave of heavy rain” to hit the southwest between Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

A heavy rain warning has been issued across the west of the country, southern England and Wales. Large parts of Somerset are included in the warning, which covers most of west and central Somerset but stops near Frome, Bath and Bristol.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected to fall on some parts of the warning area, with around 30mm falling on higher ground. It comes after a week of above-average rainfall in the country and more flooding in homes and businesses is likely.

The warning comes into force at 9pm on Friday 17 November and is currently scheduled to end at 3pm on Saturday 18 November. The Met Office says: “Another spell of heavy rain is likely in this area on Friday night and Saturday morning.”

what are you expecting

  • Spraying and flooding may result in difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Delays or cancellations of train and bus services may occur
  • Flooding is possible for a few homes and businesses

Forecasters add: “Another area of ​​rain will cross the UK from Friday evening, before moving eastwards during Saturday. Some of that rain, especially in the south-western parts of the UK, is likely to be heavy at times, and will follow several Of weeks of above average rainfall in this area.

“An associated weather system should clear to the east during Saturday afternoon, with further rainfall. Widespread rainfall of 10 to 15 mm is expected in the warning area, with a few places seen near the southern coasts.” Above high ground, 20 to 30 mm, with the possibility of this occurring.” “The southern slopes of Dartmoor and the hills in south-west Wales could see between 40 and 50 mm.”

The Environment Agency has issued one ‘Act Now’ flood warning in Somerset, for the Cary Moor and High Moor area, with warnings that river levels will continue to rise. The EA says: “The river tone level at Carrimore Pumping Station is 7.34 meters and rising slowly. Water will enter Carrimore Reservoir via the Hockbridge spillway while this level exceeds 7.45 metres. The drainage level at Carrimore is 5.46 meters and is constant.”

“The extent of rainfall has now crossed the area, but rainfall is still possible. Unsettled weather will persist, and further rainfall is currently forecast on Friday evening and into Saturday. We are monitoring rainfall and river levels closely.”

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