Met Office issues severe weather warning for new year

Posted On 30 Dec 2013 at 11:45 pm

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for New Year’s Day with another storm sweeping in from the Atlantic.

Gusts of up to 60mph and more than inch of rain have been forecast for Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area.

The warning issued today (Monday 30 December) said: “Further rain, heavy at times, is expected to spread quickly northeastwards on Wednesday (1 January).

“Rainfall totals are expected to be widely 10mm to 20mm but as much as 30mm to 40mm over some south-facing coasts and hills.

“South or southwesterly gales with gusts of 50mph to 60mph may also accompany the rain.

“With ground already saturated over much of this area, the public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.

“There are still some uncertainties in the detail and the public are advised to continue to monitor for further updates.”

The chief forecaster’s assessment said: “South east England is particularly prone to further flooding.

“The more persistent rain should clear eastwards later on Wednesday and overnight into Thursday but heavy showers will follow on.”

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