The Environment Agency, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales have all issued both flood warnings and flood alerts across the UK. Currently, there are eight flood warnings across the country and 60 flood alerts. Some 33 warnings have been stood down within the past 24 hours.
There are three types of flood warning issued when areas are at risk of flooding, flood alerts, flood warnings and severe flood warnings.
These are –
Severe Flood Warning – Severe Flooding with danger to life
Flood Warning – Flooding is expected immediate action required
Flood Alert – Flooding is possible, be prepared.
Flood warnings currently in place –
Ayr to Troon
Outer Wigtown Bay
River Ritec at Tenby
The North Sea at Scarborough – Foreshore Road
The North Sea at Scarborough – Sandside
River Torridge (Lower) from Dolton to Bideford, including Taddiport and Weare Giffard
There are also 66 flood alerts in place across the UK, you can check where these are on the Met Office flood alert.
The Met Office is forecasting heavy rain throughout today, beginning the day with showers in the north and east.
Whilst the showers could ease briefly, most areas will remain wet and windy into this evening and Sunday.
Elsewhere there may be brief sunny spells, but showers will heavy and widespread to the west.
Frost and ice could develop overnight in the north, as temperatures drop.
There will also be severe gales tonight across southwest England, with coasts most at risk of these strong winds.
Mark Wilson, Met Office forecaster, said: “It is going to be showery particularly in northern areas on Saturday morning.
“Then another band of rain will come in from the west and move eastwards later in the day.
“The showers will be pretty hefty, with hail and thunder in some places.
“We are looking in some places, particularly in northern England and northern Wales, between 5mm and 10mm in one hour.
“That is pretty heavy.”