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Wales weather: Flood alert as heavy rain forecast

  • 24 September 2012
  • From the section Wales
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Wales suffered its third wettest summer since records began in 1910

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency as more heavy rain is forecast across Wales.

The flood alert, for the Llynfi and Ogmore catchments, follows a weather warning from the agency.

A band of heavy rain hit the country on Sunday and forecasters predicted up to 40mm (1.5in) would fall in south Wales, with 50mm (2in) possible in some areas.

Local flooding is possible on Monday and Tuesday.

Strong winds and stormy conditions are expected to spread elsewhere this week.

The Environment Agency said the wind and rain could lead to localised flooding from blocked drains and streams.

On Monday morning it said there had been a steady increase in river levels in south east Wales, but all were below the point of flooding.

Elsewhere in Wales, most rivers remained at or below normal levels according to its website.

River levels could also rise and driving conditions are likely to be hazardous.

Wales has just endured its third wettest summer since records began in 1910, according to the Met Office.

The unseasonal weather led to the damage of hundreds of homes and businesses following torrential rain in Ceredigion, while a number of summer shows in Wales were cancelled.

The Met Office said June was the wettest month in Wales with 205mm of rain falling, compared to the monthly average of 85.8mm

In July, 127.6mm of rain was recorded - the average is 92.6mm - while so far this month 124.6mm has fallen, with the average being 107.4mm.

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