Suffolk/Essex: Forecasters warn of further floods with more wind and rain to come

Trees were down and minor floods were on local roads around Suffolk after the high winds on the nigh

Trees were down and minor floods were on local roads around Suffolk after the high winds on the night of December 23. A tree was down in Bredfield. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Flood prone regions of East Anglia have been warned that further wind and rain forecasted for the coming days could spell more weather misery for hundreds of households.

With many parts of Suffolk and Essex already saturated following the recent storms, forecasters at Weatherquest have said the 15 to 20mm of rain expected between tomorrow (Monday) and Thursday is a potential flood risk.

“It’s not an enormous amount for four days of rainfall but with the ground already fairly saturated, it could cause localised flooding,” said forecaster Phil Garner.

A band of rain is expected to move across East Anglia tomorrow morning, which is likely to be accompanied by blustery winds from a southerly direction.

Similar conditions have been forecasted for parts of Tuesday with the wind and rain expected to become heavier in the evening of New Year’s Day into Thursday morning.

Mr Garner said the southerly winds could reach 55mph, with heavy rain leading to possible flooding.

The Met Office has today issued a severe weather warning over fears of severe gales of up to 80mph affecting Wales and southern England.

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It has also warned of the danger of ice patches in the south west tonight as temperatures drop to below freezing tonight.

The forecasts follow a spell of storms and heavy rain over the festive period which left hundreds of households without power on Christmas Day.

Many people’s festive travel plans were also adversely affected after Greater Anglia was forced to cancel more than 50 of its train services between Monday, December 23 and Christmas Eve.