Shropshire braced for return of torrential rain

Torrential downpours and storms are set to be batter Shropshire, forecasters warned today.

Cars make their way through the flood waters in Prees Road, Whitchurch
Cars make their way through the flood waters in Prees Road, Whitchurch

A yellow alert warning of high winds has been issued by the Met Office. The region is set to take a battering from the weekend onwards.

Floods engulfed the area earlier this week with the rain causing havoc on the region’s roads.

Despite the grim outlook temperatures are predicted to be mild at first before heavy downpours kick in for parts of the weekend.

And then from Monday onwards heavy storms are forecast with temperatures also set to plummet to as low as 6C (43F).

Today was likely to be mild with rain coming in tomorrow morning – before the worst of the rain hits on Saturday afternoon and then Sunday evening into Monday.

Met Office spokesman Calum MacColl said: “Today is probably one of the best we’ll see in the next few days.

“A band of rain will push up from the south west producing some heavy bursts – it means we have a wet dawn tomorrow and winds will be picking up too.

He added: “Friday afternoon will brighten up – although you couldn’t rule out one or two showers. At the weekend there is another band of rain coming in, reaching the West Midlands in the late afternoon and then it will herald an unsettled Sunday and Monday.

“Those winds will be pushing in some showers which are pretty blustery and it will feel colder than it has done over the past few days, especially when you add in the winds.

“But the start of next week has a lot of uncertainty – at this stage it looks like it will be a stormy start to the week.”

Earlier this week the region was battered with torrential rain, shutting roads  and delaying trains. Part of the M54 was closed by flooding on Monday.