The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain across South West England today.
Outbreaks of showery rain, heavy and thundery in places, will continue at times until late Saturday.
The Met Office’s Chief Forecaster said:
“A showery southwesterly airstream will affect England and Wales during Saturday. Within this airstream some more organised zones of heavy rain are likely, with lightning and gusty winds as additional hazards, these focused near coastal areas. Rainfall accumulations of 10-20 mm may occur in 3-4 hours, while a few locations may see 30 to 50 mm over the entire period.”
The areas affected are likely to be:
Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Torbay & Wiltshire.
The warning is valid from 10:35 to 22:00 Saturday 9 January.
Update: A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency this afternoon for the River Tone Catchment which states:
“River levels on the River Tone at Greenham, River Tone at Bishops Hull, River Tone at Taunton, Hillfarrance Brook at Milverton and Halsewater Stream at Halsewater are rising.”