North's severe weather warning

Severe weather warnings have been issued for the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for the North-East and North Yorkshire.

A three-day storm alert has been issued by forecasters after the south of the region met with the worst of the weather over the weekend.

Roads were closed and there were power cuts in the worst hit areas.

Motorists struggled to complete their journeys in Darlington town centre on Saturday with some even choosing to abandon their cars after they became semi submerged in water.

Flood warnings were repeated for across the UK as torrential rain and gale force winds are expected over the next 24 hours.

More than two inches of rain is predicted from Yorkshire to north east Wales, with up to four inches in some areas. The exceptional amount of rain is likely to cause more widespread disruption and flooding than in recent days, especially in areas that are already saturated, the Met Office said.

The downpours have the potential to cause trouble for travellers, and difficult conditions for revellers as they prepare to depart the Glastonbury festival.

The event has been a complete washout, as heavy rain throughout the three-day festival turned Worthy farm into a giant quagmire.

The Environment Agency has two flood watches in place - the River Leam between Marton and Leamington Spa in Warwickshire and River Wreake from Frisby to Syston.

Marco Petagna, forecaster for MeteoGroup UK, said parts of Yorkshire and other areas in the north of England could face problems by the end of today. He said the soaking the country has received in the past week is unusual for June, as are the temperatures - which dropped to 12C-18C across the country. "That is quite cold for June but will be a feature of the next few days," he said.

And there's no sign of the summer returning any time soon. "Tuesday is looking like it might be a brighter day," he said. "But if you're looking for hot, dry, sunny weather, there's not much prospect of it for a while."

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