More bad weather on the way (according to the Met Office)
By Raviliouse | Wednesday, June 06, 2012, 15:18
It seems as since the drought was declared the skies have opened to please the gardeners among us and not the sun seekers, and the start of June sets to be much the same.
The Met Office has been kept busy with their weather warnings since April and they have issued another (yellow one) for Friday for Sussex and Hampshire and beyond, as the bad weather heads east.
They say: "June has started on an unsettled note and we are forecasting a particularly stormy spell of weather at the end of this week.
Rain, accompanied by a strong to gale force westerly wind, is expected to turn increasingly heavy and persistent during. The public should be aware of large amounts of surface spray on roads and some areas of minor flooding."
Martin Young, Chief Forecaster at the Met Office, said: "The unsettled start to June is going to carry on through the rest of the week with unseasonably strong winds over the south of England and Wales on Thursday and Friday.
"The gusty winds will make travelling conditions difficult and may bring down trees. Many parts will also have heavy rain at times, giving a rather miserable end to the week."
Yellow is the first level of warning, with amber and red being the next two levels up.
The Environment Agency has not yet warned of localised flooding across the region. The agency also explains that heavy rainfall may not affect the drought orders in place for much for the region saying: "Despite the flooding, the soil is still very dry because of the current drought. Even where there have been heavy downpours, the water is either absorbed very quickly or it runs off the surface of the soil.
"We need a few months of above average rainfall to replenish our groundwater reserves deep beneath the soil. Only then will we be out of drought."
No warning is in place for the weekend.
For a Local People weather forecast for Hailsham.