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More severe weather warnings as storms due to batter the South West

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

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Large areas of rain-lashed Westcountry have been warned to be on alert for more bad weather later this week.

The Met Office said another deep area of low pressure will spread eastwards across the country on Wednesday through to Friday bringing heavy rain and strong to gale force winds.

Wednesday will see light winds with a few brighter spells bursting through the cloud.

Showers are forecast from late morning onwards becoming heavier at times.

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Temperatures will be a round 8c until this evening when it will feel a bit cooler.

Showers will ease away during the night but there's a risk of some ice as it becomes colder.

Wintry showers and falling temperatures are likely to lead to some icy surfaces during Thursday morning.

Between 20 to 30 millimetres of rain is forecast with up to 40 millimetres on some high ground in the south west during Friday.

The heavy rain will be accompanied by strong to gale force winds.

The Met Office said it was warning already flood-hit and rain saturated areas such as the Somerset Levels to be on the alert.

The forecaster has issued a yellow-graded severe weather warnings for parts of Somerset and Dorset covering Wednesday, Thursday with Devon and Cornwall expected to see heavy rain on Friday.

“The public should be aware of possible disruption, primarily due to further flooding, chiefly in areas already, or recently, affected,” the Met Office said in a statement on its website.

“Everywhere will get heavy rain on Friday, pretty much the whole of the UK will get some form of rain shower,” a spokeswoman said.

“Twenty to 30 millimetres of rain is a fair amount but it is not huge – but coupled with the saturation on the ground, people need to be aware.

“We are talking about strong winds as well and there will be reduced visibility on roads when driving.”

The warning comes as the MeteoGroup weather company forecaster said England and Wales could be on course this month for twice the average rainfall for January.

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