UK weather forecast: Met Office says February is officially the wettest EVER and warns snow is on the way – The Sun

FEBRUARY has been the wettest EVER after three storms and 29 days of relentless rain and snow all over the country.

A UK average of 202.1mm has fallen this month, surpassing February 1990 when 193.4mm fell, the Met Office said.



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Thousands of homes have been destroyed by unprecedented flooding this month and this weekend is going to be no exception as Storm Jorge moves in on us.

Storm Jorge is battering flood-ravaged Britain for the fourth weekend in a row with 70mph winds, torrential rain and snow also on the way.

More than 600 homes were flooded in South Wales as the police declared a critical incident in the region this morning.



Travel chaos is set to continue as heavy snow is forecast for Wales and South West England, which is expected to cause train cancellations and road closures.

In East Yorkshire dramatic photos show locals being rescued from their flooded homes by canoe after rivers burst their banks.

Search and rescue teams waded through the shoulder-high water to evacuate families in the village of Snaith.

In East Cowick, Yorkshire, firefighters helped locals to deploy sandbags to help reduce the impact of the flooding.

Waves also battered the south coast in Dorset as areas of Swanage were taped off by coastguards following landslides overnight.



A picture on Twitter also showed a swimmer in Galway as the storm ravaged the west coast of Ireland.

Another terrifying video shows a truck toppling over on a main road near the town during the storm.

Flights have been diverted from Dublin airport due to the high winds, according to a source on Twitter.

Storm Jorge also brought torrential rain and 60mph winds in Wales on Friday night, causing travel chaos with roads and railway tracks submerged in water.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has taken a total of 72 calls between 6pm on Friday and 6am on Saturday.

 


There are currently 74 flood warnings in place across England and Wales on Friday night, mostly in the south west and along the English-Welsh border, and in Yorkshire.

According to MyWelshPool, fire crews had to rescue cars near Welshpool Airport in the Severn Valley after drivers ignored 'road closed' signs to drive through the flood.

A landslide has also completely cut off a village in Merthyr Tydfil, with the road leading from the village towards the Aberglais pub totally blocked.

Superintendent Andy Kingdom from South Wales Police said: "Indications are that the rain is set to stop and river levels will soon recede."There is still significant surface water and debris on the roads throughout the force area so we would advise people only to travel if absolutely necessary."

The midlands has also been affected by record rainfall, in some places three times the monthly average.

In Ironbridge, Shropshire an emergency evacuation took place when the River Severn burst its banks.

FLOOD WARNINGS

There are nine yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the country for Saturday, stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland.

Rain will continue to fall in these areas through the night, but "by seven or eight o'clock in the morning the rain should have stopped in those areas", according to Met Office forecaster Emma Salter.

She explained: "We've got Storm Jorge at the moment with quite a few weather warnings in force.

"Broadly speaking, latter parts of tonight through to tomorrow morning, it's going to be quite lively with some heavy rain and strong winds."

Persistent snow is expected across higher ground in Scotland and people have been warned to expect travel disruption on road, bus and rail routes.

The Met Office warnings persist into Sunday, with most of the country braced for more strong winds, and Scotland for yet more snow.

70MPH WINDS

However, there may be some let-up as the new week begins, with the rain and wind warnings abating, leaving only the wintry showers north of the border.

Drivers are urged to be careful when travelling over the weekend, and advised not to drive through deep water, as "just one eggcup" of water is enough to ruin an engine.

England has received more than 200% of its average February rainfall, according to the Environment Agency, with some areas experiencing a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

There were also 197 less serious flood alerts.

Storm Jorge is the fifth storm to hit the UK since December 6 last year and the third in February.







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