Bristol battered by high winds and heavy rain
BRISTOL has been battered by heavy rain and winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour – and the wet weather looks set to continue.
Yesterday the view outside the window was grim, with torrential rain showers and strong winds making it a good day to stay indoors.
A deep area of low pressure had formed over France during the weekend and slowly started moving up across the channel towards Devon and Cornwall, pushing strong north easterly winds towards Bristol.
England and Wales have experienced the wettest week since December with forecasters seeing no sign of the rain letting up and supermarkets reporting soaring sales of wellies and umbrellas in the face of the deluge.
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The Environment Agency has warned of localised flooding across parts of the South West.
A spokeswoman said: "The Environment Agency is closely monitoring the forecast and rainfall particularly in Worcestershire, as the river levels are already higher than normal in the rivers Severn, Teme and Avon.
"Environment Agency officers are monitoring river levels, checking defences and clearing potential blockages, such as fallen branches and debris, to reduce the risk of flooding.
"Residents who live near rivers like the Severn should register for the Environment Agency's free flood warnings service and everyone can keep up to date by checking our website, calling our Floodline on 0845 988 1188 and looking out for updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages."
In Clevedon the strong winds had brought down a tree across Elton Road on Saturday night, and others were down on the moor roads.
There were also reports of some localised flooding on the roads in North Somerset.
Matt Dobson, a forecaster at Meteo Group, said that more heavy rain and strong winds were forecast for tonight, but conditions might improve slightly during the rest of the week, despite continuing rain showers.
"During the day on Monday it will still be windy but not as bad as it has been over the weekend," he said.
"There will be cloud cover and heavy showers, and a quite brisk wind from the south east with gusts up to about 40 mph.
"On Monday night it will be very wet again, with heavy rain moving in from France. There may even be some local flooding after all the rain Bristol has already had over the weekend.
"On Tuesday it is remaining pretty cloudy and wet.
"But in the afternoon it looks like it might be dry and brighter, with some sunshine.
"Temperatures will be about 14C.
"Moving into Wednesday it doesn't look as bad.
"It is looking quite dry with a fair amount of cloud around.
"And the temperatures will actually be up about 15C."