After downpours that caused flooding in the River Delph over Christmas weekend, flood warnings are still in effect for parts of Cambridgeshire.
Today, roads and fields surrounding Sutton Gault were submerged. It was advised that drivers plan routes to avoid flooding.
Meanwhile flood alerts were also issued for the Hundred Foot Washes, the East and West Glens and Harrold and Oakley as experts warned of more rainfall yet to come and rising river levels over the next 12 hours.
The Environment Agency today issued 49 flood alerts for England. They were mainly concentrated in the South West, Midlands, and South.
The scenes comes after forecasters said the UK could see the warmest New Year’s Eve on record with highs of 59F predicted on Friday in parts of southern England
After heavy rains this weekend, a motorist drove their Land Rover along a flood road in Sutton Gault, Cambridgeshire.
After the flooding of the River Delph over Christmas Weekend, a driver drives along the flooded roads in Cambridgeshire.
Drivers were advised to map their route to avoid getting stuck on the most dangerous roads.
The Environment Agency has issued 49 flood alerts today for England. Most of them were in the South West, Midlands, and South East.
However, the weather is expected to remain unstable with rain possible in the east and west regions of England this week.
Today’s rains and showers will continue until the sun comes out of the west.
Rain will keep coming down Northeastwards, as clouds break through some parts of the eastern, central or southern hemispheres.
On Thursday the weather will turn ‘eastern’It was mild to moderate with strong winds and rain, but with periods of brighter and drier interludes.
Greg Dewhurst from the Met Office stated that New Year’s Eve’s Day’s record was 14.8C. This is in 2011, so temperatures will likely be around 14-15C (57.2-59F).
“We will see temperatures above the average temperature for this time of the year across the entire country over the course of this week.
“The UK’s average temperature at this time should be between 7-8C and 44.6-46.4F.
“We are looking forward to highs of 12-14C (53.6-57.2F) and potentially locally 15C in a couple spots. It’s likely that it’s well above average.”
After a cold Boxing Day, it was accompanied by heavy snowfalls on higher ground and flurries in southern Scotland, Durham Northumberland, Yorkshire, and the Peak District.
After two Scottish measuring stations recorded snowfall on Christmas Day, the Met Office declared an official White Christmas.
Experts warned that more rain could be coming. Flood alerts also were issued for Hundred Foot Washes, Harrold and Oakley and East and West Glens.
Areas in Cambridgeshire remain underwater today as forecasters said the UK could see the warmest New Year’s Eve on record
After the flooding caused by the River Delph’s downpours on Christmas Weekend, fields were still inundated this morning in Cambridgeshire
However, major North roads were disrupted by the blizzards, such as the M62, A66 and A66. These roads had to be closed temporarily in the morning because of icy conditions.
Many drivers had difficulty getting on the road after they were covered with snow.
Yesterday British aid group said that the ten most expensive weather disasters this year caused more than £126 billion in damage – £15 billion more than in 2020.
Christian Aid, a UK charity, calculates each year the costs of severe weather events like floods, fires, and heat waves based on insurance claims. The results are reported to the UK Charity.
In 2020, it found the world’s ten costliest weather disasters caused £112 billion in damage, making this year’s total an increase of 13 per cent.
Christian Aid stated that the trend upwards was due to man-made climate changes and also added that at least 1,075 people were killed and more than 1.3 million people were displaced by the ten disasters.
Hurricane Ida was the most costly disaster of 2021. It ravaged the east United States, causing approximately $65 billion worth of damage. Hurricane Ida crashed into Louisiana near the end of August. It then moved northwards and caused severe flooding in New York City, and other areas.
Flooding in Canada and France, as well as a late-spring freeze in France, which damaged the vineyards of France, and a May cyclone that hit India and Bangladesh, are just a few examples of other disasters that have cost billions.
Although the report admitted that it only considered disasters in countries with better insurance, and often underestimated the economic impact of such disasters on poorer countries, its findings were nonetheless significant.