UK Advised to Brace for Floods, Traffic Disruptions

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  • Tourists wear rain ponchos on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in London May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
    Tourists wear rain ponchos on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament in London May 27, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
  • A spectator protects himself from rain during a men's singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Joao Sousa of Portugal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    A spectator protects himself from rain during a men's singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Joao Sousa of Portugal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
  • Workers sweep water off a tarp as rain interrupts a men's singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Joao Sousa of Portugal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
    Workers sweep water off a tarp as rain interrupts a men's singles match between Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Joao Sousa of Portugal at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
  • Eritrean migrants take cover from the rain under an umbrella during the daily food distribution at the harbour in Calais, northern France, May 27, 2014. French authorities dispense medicine against scabies and announced that they will close three such cam
    Eritrean migrants take cover from the rain under an umbrella during the daily food distribution at the harbour in Calais, northern France, May 27, 2014. French authorities dispense medicine against scabies and announced that they will close three such camps tomorrow morning where several hundred illegal migrants gather before attempting to cross the channel to Britain. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Residents in a large part of UK have been advised to prepare and brace for flash flooding and major traffic disruptions in the next 48 hours.

"There may be some flooding of low-lying land and roads, some disruption to travel and possibly flooding to individual properties," the Environment Agency said.

The Met Office said persistent heavy rains up to 70mm will fall and flood Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire and the Humber. A yellow "be aware" warning has been issued across the East of England.

Weather experts said pretty much the whole of Great Britain will see rain at some point over the next 48 hours.

South East, Midlands and East Anglia were likewise given flood alerts due to potential surface water and low-lying rivers. These areas include High Wycombe, Newbury, Basingstoke, Bromley, Lewisham, Greenwich and Croydon.

Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Peterborough, Suffolk, East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston upon Hull, North Yorkshire and York, meantime, received yellow alerts.

"An area of prolonged rain is moving up over the eastern region and it's not going to shift until Wednesday night," Meteo Group forecaster Gareth Harvey said. "The rain is not exclusive to the east region but that's where the persistent and largest rainfall totals of between 50 and 70mm will be."

"This means there could be some localised flooding."

Temperatures would gradually improve towards the weekend, according to weather experts, but said temperatures would still remain average for the time of year.

In February, Britain was ranked in a study as the seventh most exposed nation to economic disruption caused by flooding.

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