PEOPLE have been warned to be prepared for flooding as river levels in the Severn rise.

Worcester is on flood alert, which means there is a possibility of flooding.

The river is set to peak at a height of 3.6 metres in the city on Monday.

The Environment Agency has urged people to avoid using low lying roads and footpaths near rivers.

Currently, river levels have risen at the Kempsey Yacht Club river gauge due to heavy rainfall.

Flooding is affecting low lying land and roads adjacent to the river from Highley to Tewkesbury.

Locations that may be affected include Stourport, Holt Fleet, Kempsey, Severn Stoke, Upton upon Severn, South Quay, Diglis Parade and the Hylton Road towpath.

Flooding from drains may also affect the racecourse and the Worcestershire County Cricket ground.

Predicted peaks:- Bewdley 3.1metres to 3.3metres Sunday afternoon, Worcester 3.6metres to 3.9metres on Monday, Diglis 3.2metres to 3.5metres on Monday, Saxons Lode 4.9metres to 5.1metres on Monday

Further rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours.

Nationally, heavy showers across the UK, which left one driver stranded this morning, are set to continue through the weekend, the Met Office has said.

Floodwater on the roads caused chaos in Leicestershire, where firefighters rescued one driver using an inflatable sled in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The deluge is set to continue for most areas in the UK - with rain showers, blustery gales and spots of sunshine forecast for the weekend.

The Environment Agency has issued 13 flood warnings, where flooding is expected, and 130 flood alerts, for areas where flooding is likely, for Saturday.

Temperatures will also be dropping and a "blustery weekend" lies ahead, according to Met Office meteorologist Greg Dewhurst.

Mr Dewhurst said: "Anyone who is out Christmas shopping will have to wrap up warmly