The Environment Agency is urging people across central and eastern England to remain vigilant as heavy thunderstorms are forecast to affect large swathes of the country later today (Friday) and into tomorrow.
Locally intense showers falling on already saturated ground could lead to surface water flooding and possible river flooding from fast responding rivers, particularly across parts of the Midlands and East Anglia.
The Met Office warns that many areas are expected to see between 20 and 30 mm of rain, but some parts could see up to 60mm (almost a month's worth of rain) in just a few hours.
There continues to be a risk of flooding from rising groundwater across parts of Dorset.
Flooding from surface water happens when the local drainage system cannot cope with rainfall. It is extremely difficult to predict precisely where surface water flooding will happen as it depends on ground levels, the amount of rainfall, and the local drainage network.
John Curtin, Head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency said: 'We have experienced some severe weather in recent weeks and the risk of flooding remains high across England late Friday into Saturday, but particularly across the Midlands and the East of the country.
'The combination of saturated ground, high river levels and further forecasts of torrential rain mean people must remain vigilant. The public should check local weather forecasts, and the Environment Agency website for information on a regular basis as flooding can happen very quickly.'
Environment Agency teams have been mobilised across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams have been working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding, and will be out in force again over the coming days.
Dirty and Dangerous
People are urged not to walk or drive through flood waters, which can be dirty, dangerous and full of hidden debris.
The Environment Agency updates its flood guidance every 15 minutes on its website, and you can follow them on Twitter at @EnvAgency.
Met Office weather forecasts and warnings can be found on its website and you can follow the Met Office on Twitter at @metoffice and Facebook.
Keep in touch
For the latest news, images and videos follow us on: