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UK weather: Motorists warned of 'treacherous' conditions amid flooding

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a truck driving down a dirt road: Floods begin to make driving difficult on Parkgate Road in Chester © PA Floods begin to make driving difficult on Parkgate Road in Chester

Forecasters have warned of "treacherous" conditions in parts of the country amid intense rainfall and flooding.

Surface water flooding could cause problems for motorists during Thursday morning's rush hour, the Met Office said, while there was a "small chance" some communities could become cut off.

Localised flooding hit parts of the Midlands on late Wednesday night, with roads and some properties inundated.

Damage to a property in Coverack, Cornwall © PA Damage to a property in Coverack, Cornwall

Weather warnings are in place for parts of Scotland, north Wales and the north-east and north-west of England.

The Met Office tweeted: "Amber and yellow warnings are in force for Thursday morning, so conditions on the roads will be treacherous for some with surface water flooding and intense rainfall."

a close up of a map: Weather forecast | Thursday 13 June 2019 © Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Weather forecast | Thursday 13 June 2019

Dozens of flood warnings and alerts were in place across England on Wednesday night.

Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by standing water and floods in the city, while Newark MP Robert Jenrick said properties had been flooded in the village of Lowdham and Southwell.

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) said it was advising residents in the village of Lambley to stay indoors due to floodwater.

And Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said three people had to be rescued from a car stuck in a ford in a village near Sutton Coldfield late on Wednesday night.

Elsewhere, Environment Agency officials put up flood barriers in Northwich amid concerns over the level of the River Weaver.

a small house in a river: Flooding engulfs the beer garden at the Alyn Riverside Country Pub in Rossett, North Wales Credit: PA © Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Flooding engulfs the beer garden at the Alyn Riverside Country Pub in Rossett, North Wales Credit: PA

Rail users were hit by cancellations and delays on Wednesday as torrential rain struck England, Scotland and Wales.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall warned that the wet weather would continue to blight parts of the country on Thursday.

He said: "As this system pushes up from the South East through the course of the night, it will re-intensify and continue through much of Thursday."

Mr Miall said parts of south-east Scotland could see up to 100mm of rain, with an amber alert in place warning of heavy downpours.

Flooding in UK © PA Flooding in UK

According to the Met Office, the wettest ever June for the UK as a whole was in 2012 when an average of 149mm of rain fell.

Mr Miall said this month's rainfall so far was "still a long way off" breaking that record.

He explained that following a dry summer and winter river levels across the country were low, meaning much of the current flooding was surface water flooding that could potentially retreat quickly.

But by the end of Thursday, flooding would increasingly be the consequence of cumulative rainfall, he added.

There are currently no Met Office weather warnings in place for Friday and the weekend, with conditions forecast to be calmer.

The weather is expected to be drier, warmer and sunnier, but with the risk of heavy and thundery showers in some places.

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