Flood-battered regions due ‘respite’ from rain, but cold weather is on the way

The parts of Britain which have been battered by heavy floods are set to avoid further downpours as rapid temperature drops threaten a frosty start to Saturday.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates described it as "quite a messy weather picture" with a mix of low temperatures, frost, rain and even the potential of snow in some places.

But he added: "I think the most important thing is that the areas which have been affected by floods should avoid rain and get some respite."

During a visit to the flood-hit town of Matlock in Derbyshire on Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the widespread flooding across the UK "is not looking like something we need to escalate to the level of a national emergency".

Mr Johnson said the Government will "certainly stand by ready to help" after the country was hit by deluge of water described as "almost biblical" by residents in Toll Bar, near Doncaster.

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Fire and Rescue service members pull an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
People pull an inflatable boat as they wade through floodwater past houses in a flooded street in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash floods the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman (R) stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman wades through floodwater as she crosses a flooded road in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman stands behind sandbags blocking floodwater from entering a house in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is pulled from an inflatable boat that has been used to rescue residents trapped by floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man hitches a ride out of flood waters on the back of a lorry after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man drives through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Men wade through flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: A man checks a car abandoned in flood waters on the Parkgate shopping park after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: An abandoned car stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 08: Workers are transported by members of the Fire and Rescue Service to check on their business after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Residents walk through floodwater in Doncaster, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Motorists travel through floodwaters in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM, - NOVEMBER 08: Men are rescued from flood waters by members of the Fire and Rescue Service after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours causing severe flooding. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
Debris floats in the courtyard of The Boat Inn at the village of Sprotborough in Doncaster, northern England, on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding the previous day.. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A man in high visibility overalls carries a woman through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Andrew Hall carries his six year-old daughter Lillie-Mai through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Teenagers ride their bikes through floodwater in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers walk through flood water as they leave Centurion House in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
A person walks through flood water on Yarborough Terrace in Doncaster, Yorkshire, as parts of England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours, with scores of people rescued or forced to evacuate their homes, others stranded overnight in a shopping centre, and travel plans thrown into chaos. (Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Images via Getty Images)
Workers inspect flooded rail tracks at Rotherham train station in Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
A member of the Fire and Rescue service wades through flood water as he passes an abandoned car on a flooded road Rotherham, northern England on November 8, 2019, following flash flooding yesterday. - Over a month's worth of rain fell on parts of England Thursday, with some people forced to evacuate their homes, and others left stranded in a Sheffield shopping centre. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
ROTHERHAM - NOVEMBER 08: A bed in the window of a shop stands in flood waters after the River Don burst its banks on November 08, 2019 in Rotherham, United Kingdom. Parts of northern England endured a month's worth of rain in 24 hours. (Photo by Darren Staples/Getty Images)
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
Handout photo of a delivery lorry stuck in flood water at Coston Ford, Leicestershire, after torrential rain in the area.
A man cycles through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 7, 2019. See PA story WEATHER Rain. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A man with car in a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A person wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man wades through a flooded street Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man walks through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A man tries to unblock a drain on a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Dore, Derbyshire after torrential rain in the area.
A car passing through a flooded road in Whirlow, Sheffield, after torrential rain in the area.
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His visit came after the death of a woman who was reportedly swept away by floodwater as parts of the Midlands and northern England were battered by a month's worth of rain in one day.

The body of the woman, who has not been identified, was recovered in Darley Dale, near Matlock, at about 10.40am on Friday, Derbyshire Police said.

She was reported to have been swept away by floodwater in Rowsley in the early hours.

Yorkshire and the Midlands were among the worst-affected areas. The Environment Agency had issued seven severe flood warnings suggesting there is a "danger to life".

All seven warnings are for the River Don, at Barnby Dun, Bently, Fishlake, Kirk Bramwith, Kirk Sandall, South Bramwith and Willow Bridge caravan site.

There are also 63 warnings telling people to take immediate action in light of expected flooding, along with 99 alerts which urged residents to be prepared.

A heavy band of rain is set to spread east across Northern Ireland into Saturday before drying out in the evening.

County Down could see up to 50mm, although most areas in the region could get 20-30mm.

Mr Keates said that some snow is possible in parts of Wales and the first snow of the autumn could hit the mountain tops of Snowdonia.

Cold weather is also on the way in parts.

Mr Keates said: "In the coldest temperatures in Scotland, it could be minus 6C while parts of southern England could see minus 2C."

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