The overall flood risk for today is forecast as LOW, the following report is from the Meet Office: An incursion of warm, high-humidity air across the region always provides the potential, at this time of year, for very heavy downpours and localised surface water flooding, as yesterday evening’s events in Belfast testify. Later this morning a band of showery rain will transfer northeastwards across the region as the warm, humid airmass is slowly displaced away to the east. However, within this band of rain there is scope for some localised torrential downpours, possibly accompanied by lightning and thunder. As is so often the case there will be something of a hit ‘n miss nature to the rain, some areas seeing very little, others perhaps catching a deluge in a relatively short space of time. Should any downpours materlialise the sheer intensity of the rainfall could easily overwhelm local drainage capacity
UPDATE: Warnings are no longer in force for the rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent from Bassenthwaite Lake to the coast at Workington. (24/6/2012) The map above shows a summery of the Flood Guidance Statement. The detail can be found by clicking on the map. Further rainfall through today and tonight is not expected to cause further significant impacts in these areas generally, although these are still possible. Below is a statement from the regional Met Office advisor.
Today’s Flood Guidance Statement (FGS) details the flood risk across NW England through today and throughout the weekend. This stands at Amber (Medium) for all of the region except Cumbria where the FGS has stayed Yellow, based upon considerations of the likely impact of the rainfall upon the river network and of surface water impacts. The full guidance can be read by clicking on the map. Today’s update of the Met Office’s Amber Warning for rain can be found here. Latest forecast information to hand confirms the wettest locations liable to be inland parts of north Lancashire along with south Cumbria, especially the SW quadrant of the county. The broad belt of persistent rain is expected to begin edging slowly away northwards this afternoon with Cheshire (especially south of Chester) the least affected part of the region. Borderline as to whether the more persistent and heavier rain will be clearing the Blackpool area by early evening but