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Water, water, everywhere and even more is forecast
3:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
THE start of next week’s half-term holidays could be a washout with forecasters predicting heavy rain and 70mph winds.
Malvern could escape the worst of the weather, though, as the south of England looks likely to bear the brunt of Monday’s downpour, which is being dubbed the Storm of Saint Jude.
Following two days of relative calm, the wet weather looks set to return this morning (Friday), with heavy downpours and strong gusts forecast.
“Tomorrow (Saturday) should then be reasonably fine for the first part of the day with just the odd shower,”
said Paul Michaelwaite, from Pershore-based Netweather.tv.
“There will then be heavy rain in the evening. On Sunday there will be some sharp showers and it will also be blustery with 50mphplus gusts, although there will be bright spells too.”
He said Sunday night is when the situation worsens, with low pressure sweeping in from the Atlantic, hitting the south-west first but spreading to all parts. “There is the potential for some really wet and windy weather on Monday,” said Mr Michaelwaite.
“We could see 70mph gusts, local flooding and tree damage.
“The worst of the weather, though, may be to the south of the region.
“The timing is difficult to predict at the moment. But that area of low pressure will develop.
“The plus point is that temperatures will be in the teens, but it will feel colder than that in the wind.”
At the time of going to press yesterday (Thursday) there were no flood warnings in place in either the Malvern or Ledbury areas.
The Storm of Saint Jude is expected to rival the Great Storm of 1987 which left thousands across the country without power for days.
It gained added notoriety when former BBC weatherman Michael Fish failed to predict the storm, telling viewers there would be no hurricane.
Å Ironically, after a wet week, homes in Malvern were without water last weekend when a main burst in Abbey Road.
The incident happened outside the Abbey Hotel, which remained open despite being affected by the burst main, on Sunday.
The hotel said it had not caused them to close although they had been “slightly affected”.
Eighteen properties were without water much of the day and a Severn Trent spokesman apologised “for any inconvenience or harm caused”.
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