WEATHER UPDATE: Met Office issue warning as rain continues

It looks like more rain is headed our way after the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for across the East Midlands.

Saturday, 11th June 2016, 5:38 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:24 pm

According to the warning, as much as 40mm of rain is expected to fall today, and forecasters are warning that some areas could be at risk of surface water flooding.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Scattered, heavy downpours will develop today across England and Wales, turning thundery in places. Please be aware of the risk of localised surface water flooding and disruption to travel.”

The warning is set to remain in place until 9pm tomorrow (Sunday, June 12).

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And the chief forecaster’s assessment, on the Met Office website, states: “A moist, unstable air mass across most of England and Wales will again lead to the development of some heavy showers and localised thunderstorms. 15 to 25mm of rain could fall locally within an hour, with 30 to 40mm possible within three or four hours. These amounts could generate some surface water flooding, especially if they affect urban areas.”

Flash flooding was also reported across Derbyshire as the storm continued well into the afternoon.

Forecasting for Sunday, the Met Office spokesman added: “Scattered slow-moving heavy, thundery downpours are likely to develop across the area on Sunday. The showers and thunderstorms should ease from the west in the evening.”

The chief forecaster’s assessment for Sunday said: “A complex frontal system will maintain relatively warm and humid conditions across much of the area. Where any sunshine breaks through, rising temperatures will help trigger scattered heavy downpours, with local thunder, which could be slow-moving, given light winds. 15 to 20mm of rain could fall locally within an hour with 30 to 40mm possible within a few hours.

“Such amounts could cause localised surface water flooding, especially if they affect urban areas. There remains considerable uncertainty regarding areas more at risk. Therefore this warning will be kept under review and updated as new information becomes available.”