Warning over risk of flash floods as rain keeps falling

More rain is on the way on Monday after a weekend of heavy downpours caused flooding in many parts of the country, leaving sections of the transport network struggling to cope.

At 5.20am, the Environment Agency recorded 85 localised flood warnings across England and Wales, and 203 alerts for possible flooding.

"There will be another spell of rain across much of the UK on Monday," Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson told the PA new agency.

"There are warnings in force for Wales and western England.

"In England there are 72 localised flood warnings and 180 flood alerts, and in Wales there are 13 localised flood warnings and 23 flood alerts," he said.

After a brief respite on Sunday morning, the north of England was forecast to receive up to 70mm of rain in 24 hours, causing treacherous travel conditions.

There was no train service from Sheffield to Manchester due to water on the tracks, and there were speed restrictions in the opposite direction.

The operator warned it had imposed speed restrictions on many parts of its network due to safety concerns.

Northern Rail asked cycling fans turning out for the final day of the UCI Road World Championships in North Yorkshire to rethink their travel plans after the route had to be changed to avoid flooding.

The fanzone in Harrogate also had to be closed.

Despite the heavy weather, the Men's Elite Road Race went ahead although organisers had to amend the route to skip some of the most scenic parts of the Upper Dales.

Undeterred, thousands of fans lined the route with umbrellas and wellies to watch one of the biggest events on the cycling calendar.

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Waves crash over the promenade in Dover, Kent, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
Waves crash over the promenade in Dover, Kent, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
People wrap up against the elements on the promenade in Dover, Kent, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
A woman wraps up against the elements on the promenade in Dover, Kent, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
A ferry arrives at The Port of Dover in Kent during bad weather, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
Fans shelter from the rain in the stands prior to the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.
Fans make their way to the stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match at Oakwell, Barnsley.
Warning over risk of flash floods as rain keeps falling
Warning over risk of flash floods as rain keeps falling
Waves crash over the promenade in Dover, Kent, as forecasters warn that up to 70mm of rain could fall over the highest parts of the country on Sunday.
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Richard Flinton, chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council, said: "We were really disappointed for the race organisers as they had to take the decision to curtail the route.

"We were particularly sorry for those communities in Reeth and Grinton who were looking forward to the race after the difficulties they have faced during July's flash floods.

"(The) decision was unavoidable because we had to ensure the safety of cyclists and spectators and to concentrate assets in other places to enable the race to go ahead at all.

"But so many heroic spectators still came out for what has been an extremely wet but a spectacular finish to a great week with many highlights."

The Met Office said Northern Ireland and Scotland are due some more sunshine after a fairly bright day on Sunday.

Parts of England and Wales could see highs of 19C (66.2F) or 20C (68F) on Monday, a little above average for the time of year, but this would be masked by the wind and rain.

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