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Environment Agency warns of heavy rain and localised flooding during Saturday summer downpour

PUBLISHED: 15:23 06 June 2014 | UPDATED: 15:23 06 June 2014

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Large parts of Britain, including East Anglia, face a summer soaking on Saturday with some areas expected to see nearly half of an entire month’s rain fall in just an hour.

Severe weather warnings have been issued covering much of the country amid fears of flooding.

The Environment Agency has issued a total of 104 “low risk” flood alerts.

The Met Office said thundery rain is expected to start falling early on Saturday morning, with showers unlikely to ease off until the evening.

Some places could see between 0.8in (20mm) and 1.2in (30mm) of rain fall in an hour - almost half of the UK monthly average for the whole of June of 2.9in (73.4mm).

Met Office spokesman Dan Williams said the downpours will be “pretty heavy”.

He said: “We are looking at the potential for some localised flooding because they are potentially heavy enough that we could see so much rain fall in a short space of time that it can’t drain away fast enough.”

Regions where yellow “be aware” warnings for rain are currently in place are North West England; North East England; Yorkshire & Humber; West Midlands; East Midlands; East of England; South West England; London & South East England; Strathclyde; Central, Tayside and Fife; South West Scotland; Lothian Borders; Northern Ireland; and Wales.

The Environment Agency said: “Heavy rain with isolated torrential downpours may bring some river and surface water flooding on Saturday across all of England, except for Devon and Cornwall, and all of Wales, except for Pembrokeshire.”

The predicted deluge is down to warm, humid air moving in from Europe which creates a risk of downpours when it mixes with cooler air over the UK.

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