Flood warning as thunderstorms and heavy downpours forecast

Forecasters have warned more heavy downpours could ravage the north-east of England as people were urged to prepare for possible flooding.

The Met Office extended the yellow weather warning for heavy rain over parts of north-east England on Friday which is expected to last until 8pm.

Forecasters said further downpours could see between 15-25mm of rainfall spread across most of the region, with a few places seeing 30-40mm, particularly across the North York Moors.

With a flood warning issued by the Environment Agency, villagers living in the areas between Briggswath and Ruswarp, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, are being urged to prepare for possible flooding of their homes.

Weather warnings for Friday August 28
Weather warnings for Friday August 28

The Environment Agency warned water levels on the River Esk, which runs along the villages towards the North Sea, are rising “quickly” as a result of heavy rainfall overnight and into Friday morning.

It advised people to prepare for possible flooding in their homes by moving possessions and valuables off the ground and to not walk or drive through fast-moving water, as it warned the areas around Ruswarp Pleasure Boats are most at risk.

The warning comes as residents from 14 homes had to be rescued by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in Pyothall Court in Broxburn, West Lothian, due to “significant flooding” caused by heavy rain on Thursday evening.

Summer weather Aug 28th 2020
Summer weather Aug 28th 2020

Jean Hendrie, 70, of Pyothall Court, who had to leave her home, told the PA news agency: “One of my neighbours was flooded and the water came right up to her kitchen worktops, and there are cars that are written off.”

Motorists are facing disruption as torrential rain is causing delays on major roads including the M1, M5 and M11, according to traffic data by the AA.

Meanwhile, a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place in parts of southern England and Wales between 11am and 8pm.

Although the Met Office said some places will miss the heavier rain, other locations could see around 20mm within an hour and perhaps 30-40mm in around three hours, which is likely to cause travel disruption.

On Saturday, more rainfall is forecast to continue in parts of West Wales, Northern Ireland and coastal Scotland, with “persistent” rain over the east of England and perhaps some more persistent rain for east England.

Summer weather Aug 28th 2020
Summer weather Aug 28th 2020

The Met Office said it will be drier and sunnier on Sunday, while it will be noticeably cooler, particularly overnight.

Forecasters believe Bank Holiday Monday will be the coldest on record, with temperatures to reach 19C in London while parts of Scotland will be chillier with highs of 11C, well below the average of 16C usually seen in the country.