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Nine flood alerts in force as Brits brace for heavy showers

BBC Weather: ‘Heavy and thundery showers’ to strike UK

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The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for Keswick Campsite while the flood alerts are in force for Lower River Eden, Rivers Cocker, Marron and Derwent, Rivers Ehen, Calder, Irt and Esk, Rivers Esk and Irthing and Upper River Derwent, Stonethwaite Beck and Derwent Water. The implementation of a flood alert means those in the region which the alert covers must be aware that flooding is possible, whereas a flood warning notifies residents that flooding is expected, and they should act.

The warning in place for Keswick Campsite is due to concerns of the lake flooding as a result of water levels rising both in the lake and on the River Greta, River Derwent and Derwent water due to forecasted rainfall.

The Environment Agency said: “Areas most at risk include low lying areas bordering the shores of Derwent Water and the frontage of the Keswick Camping and Caravan Club Site.

“We are clearing debris from weed screens in the area and will continue to monitor levels closely.”

The Agency warned the public in the area to avoid low-lying footpaths and bridges near local waterways.

Residents have also been urged not to drive or walk through flood water.

The Environment Agency website has further details on how to act when your area is impacted by a flood warning.

The five flood alerts in place warn residents that flooding is possible, and they should prepare if the situation is updated.

All flood alerts already in force should be updated by 11am today.

Natural Resources Wales has also put three flood alerts in place in the principality.

The warnings come as WXCHARTS shows a band of rain moving in from the west on Thursday and moving its way across the UK by Friday.

Much of the rain on Thursday will be seen in Scotland, notably around Edinburgh where it may get quite heavy and possibly thundery.

By Friday, the band of rain will move towards the northeast of England and down the East coast with showers also affecting the central parts of the country.

Over the weekend, high pressure will see Saturday become drier with some sunny spells in most areas and a few showers in the north.

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According to the Met Office, on Sunday “rain and strengthening winds [will] spread east on Sunday”.

Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin said: “The pressure pattern for the next few days will be dominated by low pressure to the north and high pressure to the south.

“Plenty of isobars are on the charts, meaning it’s going to stay pretty blustery.

“At times we will see these weather fronts drifting through, bringing bands of showery rain across the country.”

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