September 25th, 2016

Up to 40mm of rain expected as Worcestershire issues weather warning

Up to 40mm of rain expected as Worcestershire issues weather warning Up to 40mm of rain expected as Worcestershire issues weather warning
A weather warning has been issued by the county council. Picture courtesy of Pink Sherbet Photography

THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Worcestershire covering today (Wednesday, June 15) and lasting into tomorrow.

The forecast is for heavy, thundery showers to develop throughout Wednesday up until 9pm, and further heavy showers are expected tomorrow (Thursday 16). Rainfall is forecast to reach 15-25 mm within the space of an hour, and pulses of rain in some locations could result in rainfall of up to 40mm.

Most of the impacts are expected to be minor and short-lived, however, the intensity of the rainfall may lead to very poor driving conditions and localised flooding, particularly in urban areas.

In response to this warning, Worcestershire Highways have put additional measures in place to ensure roads across the county remain safe. These measures include having six additional Highways gangs, three gully-emptiers and tree contractors on standby. Additional Highways officers will also be monitoring the situation.

Due to the conditions, motorists are being encouraged to take extra care. Headlights must be used, and drivers should allow a larger gap between vehicles to allow for the increased stopping distance.

Drivers are also advised to pass slowly and carefully through large puddles and areas of standing water. If motorists come across a road that has been flooded, they should not attempt to drive through the water.

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