Wales weather warnings: Flood risk increased as Met Office issues new alert for rain

A windy, rainy and wet weekend is ahead with four days worth of Met Office weather warnings in place. Now a new alert has been issued for rain on Sunday, with forecasts showing torrential rain will fall on areas already flooded in the wake of Storm Dennis.

The Met Office warns: “An area of rain is expected to move from west to east across the south of the UK, and may be especially persistent over mid and south Wales, which contains catchments which are currently saturated and highly sensitive to further rainfall.”

Rainfall totals of 20 to 40 mm are likely fairly widely, and a few spots in the mountains of south Wales could see 50 to 60 mm.

The warnings are in place from 3am on Sunday until 3pm the same day.

The locations in the warning area are Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen, Vale of Glamorgan.

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Wales has been hit by widespread flooding since Storm Dennis hit the UK last weekend, dumping more than a month’s worth of rain in some areas. 

Weather warnings for Wales are also in place on Friday and Saturday, with the Met Office warning of “persistent” and heavy rainfall.

On Friday, a weather warning is in place from 12pm until 3am on Saturday for Ceredigion, Conwy, Gwynedd and Powys.

The Met Office warns: “Further rain is expected across north Wales today.

“Rain will become persistent and occasionally heavy over parts of Snowdonia before clearing early on Saturday.”

The forecasters warn 0.78 to 1.1 inches (20 to 30mm) is likely to fall widely over higher ground with the potential for 60 to 80mm (1.96 to 2.36 inches) in a few places.

Given the recent wet conditions, this brings a chance of flooding.

Rain and wind alerts are also in place across the rest of the country on Friday, with further rain warnings and snow and ice alerts in place on Saturday.

Today Prince Charles will visit the town of Pontypridd to meet residents and businesses affected by recent floods.

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