BBC Weather: UK set for 'exceptionally mild' conditions
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According to the latest weather charts, 24 areas of Britain have been issued a flood alert, following a recent onslaught of heavy rain. As a result, localised flooding from rivers and surface water is possible in parts of Wales and the north of England on Thursday and Friday.
A number of flood alerts have been issued across Wales, with river levels forecast to rise at the River Severn Vyrnwy confluence at Llanymynech as a result of heavy rainfall overnight, meaning the flooding of roads and farmland is expected between 9am and 12pm today (December 30).
An alert has also been issued for Tern and Perry catchments, as the area has been battered with heavy rainfall over the past few days.
The Environment Agency said that flooding of roads and farmland is expected to continue over the upcoming weekend.
It adds: “We expect flooding to affect low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Wolverley to Newport.
“Other locations that may be affected include Market Drayton, Wem and Rodington.”
River Lugg south of Leominster is also at risk of flooding, as river levels have risen and remain high after a slew of heavy rain over the last few days.
Further rainfall is forecast over the weekend meaning river levels are expected to remain high which could impact the regions from Stoke Prior to Mordiford, and also may affect Bodenham, Lugwardine and Hampton Bishop.
Elsewhere, River Severn levels remain high in parts of Worcestershire with some flooding predicted, officials say.
New Street Gate is currently still closed at Upton upon Severn due to flooding and may be impassable.
Other areas that may be affected include Stourport, Holt Fleet, Worcester, Kempsey, Severn Stoke and the Hylton Road towpath.
Alerts have also been issued for River Sow and River Penk, River Trent in Derbyshire and Lower River Soar in Leicestershire.
Further south, flooding is also possible for River Cherwell from Lower Heyford down to and including Oxford, the River Ray and its tributaries from Shipton Lee to and including Islip, and the River Thame and Chalgrove Brook.
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While high river levels at the Bedford Gauge as a result of recent rainfall means flooding could affect River Great Ouse from Newport Pagnell to Roxton.
Other flood alerts across Britain include Sutton Gault Causeway in Cambridgeshire and Hundred Foot Washes in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.
The causeway at Sutton Gault currently has approximately 18 centimetres of water on the road, and due to the uneven surface of the roads, water may be deeper in places.
The Environment Agency’s incident response staff are liaising with Cambridgeshire Highways, who will decide whether to close the road.
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