‘Unsettled’ week ahead with more rain forecast

The UK is in for another wet and unsettled week as communities already hit by flooding remain on high alert after heavy downpours left rivers swollen.

Met Office meteorologist Sophie Yeomans said while Sunday is forecast to be dry and sunny across the UK, more rain is expected to hit the country overnight.

Ms Yeomans said a weather system moving across Europe will cause a “fair amount” of rainfall across England and Wales throughout the week.

“It is going to be an unsettled week in terms of rain,” she said.

The rain is forecast to reach Northern Ireland first on Sunday evening before hitting Wales and north-west England later in the night and then spreading across the rest of the UK into Monday morning.

Parts of the UK are still dealing with the aftermath of widespread flooding which hit towns across the Midlands and northern England on Thursday and Friday.

Several areas were deluged with one month’s worth of rain in a day and a woman died after being swept up in floodwaters.

The body of Annie Hall, the former High Sheriff of Derbyshire, was found in the River Derwent on Friday morning after she was engulfed by floodwater in Darley Dale, near Matlock.

Autumn weather Nov 9th 2019
Flooding in Bentley, Doncaster (Danny Lawson/PA)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock on Friday while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn met with flooded residents in Conisborough, South Yorkshire, on Saturday.

Ms Yeomans said rain warnings may be issued later in the week as rivers remain swollen, adding: “Some catchments in the north are still sensitive at the moment.”

Seven severe “danger to life” flood warnings, all along the River Don in Yorkshire, remained in place on Sunday, according to the Environment Agency.

There were also 41 active flood warnings and 98 flood alerts.

Simon Hildon, Yorkshire incident room lead, explains why river levels are remaining high pic.twitter.com/cIKRNIoiur

— Environment Agency – Yorkshire & North East (@EnvAgencyYNE) November 9, 2019

Snow could fall in parts of Scotland on Sunday night and Wales could get a dusting later in the week, Ms Yeomans added.

The coldest night of autumn was recorded in Altnaharra in the Scottish Highlands on Saturday night where the temperature dropped to minus 7.1C.

A weather warning for ice was in place across Northern Ireland until 10am after frosty conditions overnight.

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