After snow and ice, torrential rain to cause more flood chaos next week?PA



After snow and ice warnings were issued for Britain yesterday, a new band of torrential rain is said to be heading this way next week.

The Express reports that from Monday a week of rain is forecast, triggering warnings of more devastating flooding.

Forecaster Sarah Holland of the Met Office told the newspaper that the wet weather will follow the freezing weather, with the flood-hit West most at risk again.

She said: 'We have issued a level 3 alert for the North with some really cold conditions on the way.

'This is going to continue over the weekend with very cold nights leading to widespread ice in the North.

'There is a chance of snow before another band of rain follows on Sunday coming into the West.

'We could see an inch, which although doesn't sound a lot, is falling on already very wet ground.'

Leon Brown, forecaster at The Weather Channel told AOL Travel: 'Another 10 to 20mm of rain is expected on Monday from Southwest England and Wales to Northwest England, and 20-30mm over Western Scotland.

'This is not good news for the saturated river catchments,' he added.

Mr Brown said temperatures on Monday are expected to be briefly back to normal in the south and near 10C in the Southwest, but will 'soon turn colder again from the North with a bitter North-Northwest wind on Tuesday and Wednesday, and showers.'

He added that night frosts are due to return and there will be 'some hail, sleet and snow showers again, especially near Eastern coasts and over the North.'

Yesterday the government announced £120million for flood defences before 2015 for up to 60,000 homes.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: 'This week I met families and members of the Environment Agency and emergency services who have been incredibly brave and steadfast in testing times. I have also seen how flood defences can help protect people and property.'

The Environment Agency has issued 69 flood alerts and 62 flood warnings.

On its website, it said: 'Our teams continue to work around the clock monitoring river levels and pumping flood water from affected areas. With so much standing water around, we ask people to stay out of flood water and not attempt to walk or drive through it.'

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