Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Flooding on it's way

Britain has been lashed by storms as almost a month's worth of rain fell in just one day - and the washout is set to continue until the end of the week.

An average of 60mm of rain falls on the UK in May - and some areas had that in just a morning.

Forecasters have warned of more heavy downpours today, with yet more rain into the weekend.

Flooded: Southampton Central Train Station was closed because of today's heavy rain

The foul weather has already caused widespread Bank Holiday misery as roads ground to a halt and train lines were submerged under water.

The Met Office recorded that 57mm of rain had fallen on the tiny Hampshire village of Otterbourne, by noon yesterday while nearby Petersfield, had 52mm of rain in the same period.

A Met Office forecaster said: 'Thursday will be the best day of weather this week with sunny spells but there is another band of rain coming on Friday.

'Unfortunately, Saturday is not looking too good either - it will be showery. Sunday also looks unsettled.

'The temperature by the weekend should be in the early twenties though, so at least it won't feel too cold.'

The Met Office warned that some parts of the country could experience more localized flooding.

After the disaster of the last weekend, at Claines Canna we were looking forward to some good weather next weekend to get the collection growing outside for the summer. It now looks as though we will be delayed at least a further week. The plants in the polytunnel are demanding more water each day as they prosper indoors, and moving them outdoors is impractical with the present weather conditions.

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