UK weather: floods expected following sudden snow falls

Nov 5, 2012

A rainy summer has left the ground sodden - and it won't take much for flooding to occur

SURPRISE snow and heavy rainfall over the weekend have led to flash flooding in some areas of southern England, and large patches of the country remain on flood alert.

As many as three inches of snow fell in some southern counties, but torrential rain caused the most disruption. Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire were among the worst hit by flash flooding after the weekend deluge, with Bournemouth receiving 30mm of rain in only 24 hours - nearly a third of the total rainfall that would normally be expected for the whole of November.

In Pendine Caravan Park, Carmarthenshire, west Wales, nine adults and six children were saved by rescue workers after water engulfed 60 caravans, the BBC reports. There were 16 flood alerts in place this morning in areas of the south west, south east, East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales.

Meteorologists have explained that, after a rainy summer which soaked the ground and raised river and groundwater levels, it won’t take much more water for many parts of the UK to flood. 

Julian Mayes, a MeteoGroup forecaster, told The Daily Telegraph that the weekend’s rainfall was “not exceptional,” but “the last two weeks have been fairly wet and it’s falling onto saturated ground which means the effect is more immediate”.

But with drier weather expected over coming days, the threat of sudden flooding should decrease, according to MeteoGroup’s Nick Prebble.

Prebble warns this evening’s Bonfire Night revellers should brace themselves for a chill, adding: “The visibility should be good for any firework displays though.”

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