Met Office issues warning for severe flooding with expected disruption
Heavy rain is expected in Blackburn, Blackpool, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire, with flood warnings in effect for the River Wyre and the River Ribble
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The Met Office has issued a warning for severe flooding in the North West of England.
Heavy rain is expected in Blackburn, Blackpool, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and parts of Yorkshire from Thursday evening to Friday morning.
Some homes and businesses could be inundated with water, with nine flood warnings in effect across the area.
Several warnings have been issued for the Wyre River and the Ribble River.
Bus and train services are likely to be disrupted by the flooding, according to the Met Office.
A spokesperson for the organization said: âFurther persistent rains, sometimes heavy, are likely until the early hours of Friday morning.
“20 to 30mm of rain is likely to accumulate, and with soil already saturated, local flooding is possible. The rain will dissipate eastward by early Friday morning.”
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A flood warning for the Wyre River states, âThe river level is steadily rising on the Wyre River due to heavy rainfall.
“This flood warning was issued because flooding is expected on the night of 12/30/2021 between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on 12/31/2021.
âThe areas most at risk include the St Michaels area which is south of the River Wyre.
“Flooding is expected in the St Michaels area, south of the River Wyre, between 10:00 PM on 12/30/2021 and 3:00 AM on 12/31/2021.
âRiver levels are expected to remain elevated overnight. We will continue to monitor levels closely.
âAvoid using low trails and bridges near local waterways, and don’t attempt to walk or drive in flood waters.
“Start implementing your flood plan if you have one.”
Similar flood warnings have been issued for other parts of the Wyre River and the Ribble River.
The Environment Agency has a total of 56 flood warnings in effect in England, many of which are active in the North West.
It comes after forecasters predicted New Years Eve could turn out to be the hottest on record.
The Met Office attributed this to the warm air from the Azores and the central Atlantic pouring into the UK.
This means the record for the highest temperature on New Years Eve in the UK – 14.8 Â° C at Colwyn Bay in North Wales in 2011 – could be broken.
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The mild temperatures are expected to last until the end of the week, before dropping to around 6 Â° C in Scotland and northern England, and around 9 Â° C in southern England from the morning holiday.
Craig Snell, a forecaster at the Met Office, said the milder temperatures were “all about the direction of the wind.”
Mr Snell said: âI think people will continue to feel how warm it is over the next few days.
“We are closely monitoring the New Year’s Eve weather, as this record (14.8 Â° C) is quite threatened.”