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Wettest January for 60 years as more flood alerts hit Gloucestershire

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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As January shapes up to be the wettest start to a new year for almost 60 years, weather experts predict no let up in the miserable start to 2014.

So far this month, 220mm of rain has fallen in the county, with January being the fifth wettest since records began.

There are more than 20 Environment Agency flood warnings in place for Gloucestershire, mainly along the banks of the River Severn as further heavy rain is forecast for the next 24 hours and into Monday.

More heavy rain sweeping in across Gloucester has forced the Met Office to issue yet another yellow warning today. The next Atlantic weather system is expected to push into the Forest of Dean by noon and it will spread east from then. Bitter winds will make it feel colder than the 6C (43F) forecast. Up to an inch of rain is expected through the afternoon before it eases off from the west. Standing water and local flooding will create difficult driving conditions into the rush hour tonight. Colder air returns into the early hours tomorrow with hail, lightening and the possibility of snow flurries over higher ground.

Flood warnings are in place at the River Severn at Sandhurst and Maisemore including Walhamm, and also at Apperley and The Leigh including Deerhurst Walton and Prior's Norton.

For the latest information from the Environment Agency visit TEXT HERE

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