Aerial view of flooding in and around the city of Worcester where the river Severn burst its banks following days of heavy rainCredit: SWNS: South West News Service
It comes amid predictions bitterly cold weather will largely hold out for the rest of the year as chances of a White Christmas grow.
Low pressure will swing in from the Atlantic during the start of this week – marking the beginning of another near-nationwide drenching.
The Environment Agency has 69 flood warnings in place across England – as well as 103 alerts.
Met Office meteorologist Craig Snell said: “There will be further rain on Sunday, again with northern England and Scotland in the firing line for the heaviest downpours.
“From Tuesday next week another low-pressure system comes in from the southwest and this is going to bring more rain which could be problematic given the flooding issues across parts of the country.”
RAIN GOES ON
He added: “We are looking at more of what we have already seen with the main risk being from rainfall, although it will be windy.
“It is looking as though we will return to a more unsettled weather pattern from the middle of next week.”
Forecasters say they are “keeping an eye” on rainfall across parts of Britain already under feet of floodwater.
Parts of the country could still be affected by flooding through to Tuesday, according to the Environment Agency (EA).
In a forecast of the flooding risk in Englans, the EA states: “River flooding is expected to continue in the Lower River Don washlands area in South Yorkshire through to at least Tuesday, where properties will continue to flood and there will be continued travel disruption. “
The EA states that river flooding is expected for Evesham in Worcestershire and residents should be braced for properties to be affected and travel to be disrupted.
It warns that local river flooding is also “possible” in parts of South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and parts of the Midlands until Monday, and in Oxfordshire this weekend.
Temperatures will continue to nosedive through tonight – struggling to get much above single figures anywhere in the UK.
The mercury will dip to around -5C in Scotland and northern England with the south facing overnight lows of around -2C this week.
Wet weather will sweep in during the run up to mid-week clashing with cold air bringing further snow over high ground, forecasters say.
More than 120, 000 Britons are expected to be left in the cold due to boiler breakdowns over the next fortnight.
PARTS OF UK SUBMERGED
The grim forecasts come as parts of the UK are already submerged – with floods engulfing entire villages.
Villagers in Fishlake, Yorkshire, which was partly cut off by the floods, were starting to clear up some of the damage yesterday while there was a brief respite from the rain.
The village of Bardney, near Lincoln, has also been cut off for days with roads completely impassable.
Flood-hit families are facing more misery at Christmas, with warnings that the soaked ground in some areas will not take much more rain.
John Curtin, executive director of flood management at the Environment Agency, said: “This has been a phenomenally wet Autumn – this is only the middle of November.
“I do sound alarm because we’re in the middle of November, everywhere is saturated, all the flood storage areas have been full.
“Everywhere is super sensitive to rain so this winter we’ll have to remain vigilant.”
The Met Office said a month’s worth of rain fell in the area around Sheffield in the space of just 24 hours last week.
That was followed by a further 30 – 40 mm downpour on Thursday night.
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A car submerged in water in Bardney, Lincolnshire
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The PM came after he announced that relief funding would be made available for those affected by the floods.
He also said that funding for local councils to help affected households would be made available to the tune of £ 500 per eligible household.
Annie Hall, the former high sheriff of Derbyshire,died after she was swept away by water on Friday in Darley Dale, near Matlock.