UK suffers wettest February on record as Storm Jorge brings further flooding

February 2020 has been the wettest month on record in the UK after three massive storms battered the country.

A UK average of 202.1mm has fallen this month, surpassing February 1990 when 193.4mm fell, the Met Office announced on Saturday.

The news comes as Storm Jorge brings heavy downpours, gales of up to 70mph and snow, wreaking havoc on areas already hit earlier this month.

Pictures show the worst-hit areas, including Ironbridge and Bewdley along the River Severn in the West Midlands, and West Cowick and Lidgate in East Yorkshire, along the River Aire.

The Environment Agency has revealed that 127,000 properties have been protected by flood defences this winter.

Some 15 rivers in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire have also recorded their highest levels on record.

Thousands of homes were left without power in the Republic of Ireland on Saturday, while police in South Wales declared a temporary ‘critical incident” on Saturday morning.

People in Pontypridd and the Ely area of Cardiff were advised to remain indoors amid warnings of further rising water levels and severe winds.

Cardiff Council said emergency teams had worked through the night on flood defences, road closures and clearing debris to limit the damage from torrential rains with roads team providing help at around 100 incidents.

There were six yellow weather warnings for rain, wind and snow in force across the country on Saturday morning, stretching from Cornwall to the north of Scotland and across to Northern Ireland.

The rain has since eased, but wind warnings remain in place until tomorrow, with the potential of power cuts and transport delays, as well as large waves in coastal areas.

The wind warnings last until 9am on Sunday across much of England and Wales.

They are extended until 3pm tomorrow across Northern Ireland, southern Scotland, and northern England.

The Met Office has forecast persistent snowfall over higher parts of Scotland, with up to 30cm predicted in some places and warnings in place until noon on Monday.

The Environment Agency has warned the country needs to brace itself for ‘more frequent periods of extreme weather like this’ due of climate change.

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