As flooding hits, warnings that more rain is on the way

PUBLISHED: 07:38 10 August 2014 | UPDATED: 07:44 10 August 2014

Winds of up to 50mph are being predicted for tonight. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Winds of up to 50mph are being predicted for tonight. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Make the most of the fine weather today - that’s the message from forecasters who say more rain and strong winds are on their way tomorrow.

With parts of the region already hit by flooding, families are being warned to brace themselves for yet more rain from 3am tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

Phil Garner, forecaster at Weatherquest at the University of East Anglia, said Marham had 34mm of rain in 12 hours, from 9am to 9pm, yesterday.

He said the average rainfall for a whole month is around 50 to 55mm and in the same period yesterday Sutton Bridge, in Lincolnshire, had 63mm of rain.

He added: “There’s another area of low pressure coming from the south bringing rain to Norfolk at about three o’clock tomorrow morning.

“It will be a fairly wet morning with outbreaks of rain lasting through to lunchtime.

“At the moment we are looking at anything between another five to 20mm of rain, depending on where you are in the county.”

The low pressure is the remnants of the air associated with ex-hurricane Bertha.

The former hurricane, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, is predicted to pass over the southern half of the UK on Sunday.

Mr Garner said: “It’s going to be really nice today, fine and dry with sunny spells.

“The winds are expected to pick up tomorrow, particularly in the afternoon and into the evening with gusts of up to 50mph later on tomorrow.

“They are potentially damaging winds and may mean things are out of kilter for Monday morning with a few trees down.”

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