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Flood threat to southern England

Car in water The Met Office warned of potential disruption for drivers travelling to work on Monday morning

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning to southern England ahead of heavy rain and possible flash flooding during Sunday night.

As much as 8cm (3in) of rain is predicted across southern England, including East Anglia and the southern Midlands, the BBC weather centre said.

The rain is forecast to fall quickly and onto saturated ground, raising the likelihood of flash floods.

The BBC said the rain would be followed on Monday by gale-force winds.

Its weather centre warned of gusts of wind reaching more than 60 miles per hour.

The Met Office said this could mean potential disruption to the Monday morning rush hour and to outdoor events.

A spokesman said: “The rain is gathering just to the west of Land’s End and it won’t be long before it starts to move across south-west England.

“Some of that rain is going to come down in a very short space of time, which is why we are a bit concerned about it.”

‘Branches on roads’A BBC weather centre spokeswoman said: “We are just starting to see the band of heavy weather coming up along the south coast.

“There is a risk of local flooding, and with the wind there is also the risk of disruption due to loose branches and debris on the roads.”

She added that the heavy weather was more typical of autumn than summer, but that the worst of it was likely to have passed by 0900 BST on Monday.

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