The UK has suffered “non-stop rain” since Saturday, as Storm Alex takes its toll on the country. The latest BBC weather forecast showed a surge in flood warnings and “struggling” temperatures will dominate the next week. BBC meteorologist Chris Fawkes told BBC Breakfast pointed out that parts of the UK have already reached their average rainfall amount for the entire month of October – in just three days.
Mr Fawkes explained: “It has been raining all night. Wiggonholt in West Sussex has nearly had a month’s worth of rain in the last three days. It has been very very wet.”
He showed a rainfall chart that showed that Liscombe in Somerset, with an average October rainfall of 162mm, had already seen 100mm.
Winchcombe in the Cotswolds had already experienced 86mm of rainfall – more than the average 81mm seen throughout in October.
Mr Fawkes added: “The area of low pressure that has brought us rain is the load that brought severe flooding in Italy this week, and the south-east of France.”
In the last few days, at least two people have died and at least 25 people are missing after Storm Alex hit southern France and north-western Italy.
The mayor of Nice described it as the worst flooding in living memory while in northern Italy, roads and bridges were swept away by floodwater.
The BBC meteorologist continued: “For many of you, it has been raining solidly since Saturday and overnight – and there is a lot of more to come on the charts.
“There is still an Amber warning in place in Wales – with heavy rain and flooding likely.
RAC Breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis has warned drivers that road conditions will be “miserable if not downright dangerous” on Sunday.
The severe amber warning for the South West, Midlands and Wales says there is a “good chance of some communities being cut off by flooded roads”.
The Environment Agency has confirmed that widespread and persistent rain is likely to lead to more flooding into Sunday.
Carol Holt, from the Environment Agency, said: “We urge people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive though flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car.”
— to www.express.co.uk