Thousands of homes remain at risk of flooding today after a month’s worth of rain fell in just two days and left rivers across the country close to bursting point.
This morning, 87 flood warnings remained in place across England, with the Environment Agency also issuing 121 flood alerts as the West Midlands was warned to brace for widespread deluges throughout the day.
The warnings – meaning flooding is expected – cover major rivers including the Avon, Derwent, Don, Ouse, Severn, Trent, Weaver and Wye.
Forecasters said the weather would turn dry and sunny for the next two days but the mercury would drop dramatically, with rural areas experiencing below freezing temperatures overnight and this morning.
Flood defences were in place today in Bewdley, Hereford, Upton-upon-Severn and Shrewsbury, and temporary barriers were erected at Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Thick fog covers the landscape over Wimbledon on a cold frosty autumn morning, with more flooding expected after the weekend’s rainfall
Forecasters said the weather would turn dry and sunny for the next two days but the mercury would drop dramatically, with rural areas experiencing below freezing temperatures overnight and this morning (left)
Evesham, Ludlow, Tewkesbury and York are among further towns and cities braced for rivers to burst their banks.
Craig Snell, Met Office spokesman, said the next couple of days are due to be mostly fine and dry, with sunny days but chilly nights.
He added: ‘Thankfully the weather should give areas which have seen large amounts of rain the chance for it to drain away.
‘Going into Wednesday it is likely a further weather system will attempt to move in which could bring more heavy rain, particularly across South West England and Wales.’