18:14 Friday 31 January 2014

No end in sight for wet weather, experts warn

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

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THE threat of flooding will continue to loom large over the region, forecasters have said, as people in Burton and South Derbyshire were warned not to expect an end to the wet weather which has soaked the region any time soon.

While the weekend is expected to provide some respite from the downpours, a new weather system is moving up ominously from the south towards Britain, experts have said.

Showers are due to return on Monday, with more rain expected to follow later in the week.

Parts of Burton and South Derbyshire have been disrupted by flash flooding in recent weeks, after what was one of the wettest Januarys on record.

The gritters were also out in force last night following a cold few days.

Motorists have been warned about the possibility of icy roads, though temperatures are expected to rise to around 9C next week.

To add to the miserable predictions, winds of up to 45mph have also been forecast for the region on Monday and Tuesday.

But as temperatures rise, it is only going to bring with it more rain.

A Met Office spokesman said: “Next week we will be seeing more humidity from the south which will bring with it more rain, continuing the theme of unsettled weather.

“Temperatures have been slightly below average but things are expected to improve on Monday and Tuesday, with temperatures due to be between 7C and 9C.

“Strong winds of between 50 and 60mph are expected in coastal areas, but Staffordshire is more likely to see speeds of between 35 and 45mph being so inland.”

Weeks of persistent rain left the River Trent flowing more than a metre high earlier in the week following freak weather conditions that caused chaos for homeowners in Burton.

More than 30 houses were damaged in Branston when thunder, lighting and hail battered the town, uprooting fence panels and removing tiles from rooftops.

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