After the wettest June on record and a weekend that brought a week's worth of rainfall over the span of just a few hours, an unusually wet weather pattern will persist across England this week.
As of Tuesday afternoon local time, flood warnings persisted from North England to the Midlands and across portions of the Southwest. Fortunately, according to the UK Environmental Agency, the risk of additional flooding is low.
Major rivers across Southwest England were hit hardest over the weekend, when a particularly potent storm system caused as much as 3 inches (7.6 cm) to fall over the span of just 8 hours. The quick deluge created numerous flash flooding concerns and overloaded the River Axe, the River Bride and the River Yealm.
Even as river waters start to recede and major flooding becomes less of a concern, showers and periods of rain remain in the forecast for the country through Saturday. This will maintain the threat for flash flooding as the ground is simply too saturated to absorb much more water.
As of Tuesday afternoon, local time, North England down to the Midlands is under a yellow warning from the UK Meteorological Office, urging the public to be aware that "locally large amounts of rainfall may bring a risk of surface water flooding."
Fortunately, rainfall amounts across the region generally varied only between 0.25 and 0.50 of an inch (6-12 mm) over a 24-hour period, a far cry from the deluge observed over the weekend. Similar light accumulations are expected to continue through the week.
Largely responsible for the unusual wet pattern is a nearly stagnant upper-air low pressure system that will continue to spin over the region through the weekend.
Early indications are that drier, warmer weather will push back into the UK next week, which will hopefully bring some much-needed relief for millions across the country.
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