More Christmas misery with torrential rain as Met Office issues flood warning

Parts of the UK will be pelted with torrential rain on Christmas Eve, prompting a very un-festive flood warning.

Wednesday and Thursday will see southern England and parts of south Wales hit with very heavy rain, with much of the affected area likely to see between 20 and 40mm overnight.

Strong winds are also set to roar across the west coast, adding to the misery of what will already be a sombre Christmas for millions spending the season alone due to ramped-up coronavirus restrictions.

On Monday the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning, cautioning that floods are possible later in the week, the Mirror reports.

The weather forecaster has warned that homes and business could be flooded and that fast flowing water may prove hazardous though Wednesday and Thursday.

Trains and buses may also be cancelled.

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The chances of severe disruption are lower than Friday and Saturday, when the Met Office issued orange weather warnings for the same areas.

Last week saw intense flooding in the west of the UK, with people forced to evacuate their homes in the middle of the night amid as roads and fields were swamped.

Some parts of the country, such as Cornwall and south Wales, received as much as 16mm of rain an hour through Friday until the early hours of Saturday morning.

The torrential downpours proved to have destructive results in Notter Bridge, Cornwall, where eighteen people had to be evacuated from their caravans.

Crews from the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at around 4am after water breached flood defences.

On Sunday the Eden Project in Cornwall had to close due to flooding and several landslides at the popular attraction.

Visitors have reported being turned away on arrival.

Luckily no one was injured and the buildings were not damaged by the severe weather.

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