Torrential rain gives way to clear skies with sunshine forecast for next week after a weekend of heavy downpours left roads flooded and saw football matches cancelled
- More than 200 flood warnings were put in place by Environment Agency this weekend amid heavy showers
- Nearly four inches of rain fell between 4pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday in south Wales, the Met Office
- Britons can expect some ‘very welcome sunshine’ after downpours on Sunday and Monday with dry spells
Britain can look forward to blue skies and sunshine today and tomorrow after torrential downpours washed out the weekend.
The Environment Agency were forced to put out 202 flood warnings across the country as rain battered parts of England and Wales yesterday.
In Libanus, south Wales, nearly four inches of rain fell between 4pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday, which was more than half the town’s average for the entire month, cancelling sports fixtures and train services.
But the forecast is looking much more positive for Sunday and Monday with largely blue, clear skies and the rain holding off in most parts until Thursday, when showers and strong winds will move in from the west.
Motorists battle through flood water on roads around the Newtown and Welshpool area of Wales following 24 hours of non- stop rain
In Libanus, south Wales, nearly four inches of rain fell between 4pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday, which was more than half the town’s average for the entire month, cancelling sports fixtures and train services. Pictured: Newtown and Welshpool
A truck is engulfed by flood water as relentless rain raised the level of the river Usk in Powys, Wales, dramatically on Saturday
Britain can look forward to blue skies and sunshine today and tomorrow after torrential downpours washed out the weekend
Pub under seven feet of water after being flooded for second year running
A pub has been flooded and a car submerged in a village which has suffered serious flooding for the second year running.
The Bridge End Inn in Crickhowell near Abergavenny, South Wales, is thought to have lost thousands of pounds worth of stock after the cellar was submerged.
Just a year ago the pub was forced to recover from flooding during Storm Callum.
Now the landlord, Howard Baker, is counting the cost again as fire crews clear the muddy water after the River Usk burst its banks.
Mr Baker said it burst at between 11am and noon on Saturday, leaving at least one car submerged up to its roof.
The emergency services, which have been flat out dealing with the results of the torrential downpour, arrived at around 4pm.
He said: ‘We have about nine inches of water in the pub. But we’ve got about six to seven feet of water in the cellar. All the stock down there is lost. It’s going to cost a couple of thousand pounds to replace.’
It is good news for the south of England, Midlands and parts of South Wales, but it will be cloudier the further north you travel.
Temperatures will still be very low but most of the grey clouds will have moved on for families to enjoy the final day of the weekend.
A Met Office spokeswoman said the rain had now cleared away to the continent, and the forecast for the UK on Sunday and Monday was for ‘very welcome sunshine’.
Greg Dewhurst, also of the Met Office, added: ‘By Sunday, clear skies and still conditions are forecast, meaning temperatures in most areas outside of towns and cities could fall below freezing.
‘We are expecting minimum temperatures as low as -2C (28F), even in some parts of southern England.’
A huge band of torrential rain stretching from Newcastle to the south west swet across the nation on Saturday.
In Cornwall, firefighters were called to a property in Warbstow Cross after a river burst its banks bringing chaos to residents.
The severe weather also caused chaos to yesterday’s sporting schedule as six games in the EFL and two race meetings have been postponed.
Winds downed trees, while power in almost 250 homes was cut off in homes across Cornwall on Saturday morning.
A total of 202 flood warnings, mostly across south Wales and central England, were enforced by the Environment Agency, over the weeekend. Pictured: Alan Monckton enjoying his 85th birthday weekend in Brewood, Staffordshire
Workers arrive to assess the damage to Firwood Dental Practice on Middleton Road in Oldham after it flooded on Saturday