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UK braces for more storms after early week break

In the wake of Christmas and Boxing Day flooding in Wales and the northwest of England, a break from the heavy rain will be seen across Britain on Monday and on Tuesday. This break, however, will not last as a pair of powerful storms will bring heavy rain and wind beginning on Tuesday night.

Outbreaks of rain soaked the region on Christmas week, including 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) of rain around York which led to flooding. Rainfall exceeded 50 mm (2 inches) in isolated areas. Flooding also continued in Cumbria, which had flooding several times this month.

To accompany the dry conditions early in the week, temperatures will be above average on Monday with highs ranging from close to 15 C (59 F) around London and surrounding southern England to about 5 C (41 F) in the Highlands.

Residents, however, will not have long to enjoy the dry conditions as a pair of storm systems passing to the north of Scotland will return outbreaks of rain on Tuesday night. This will be after a depression brings light rain on Monday night.

As the first low passes to the north of Scotland on Tuesday night into early on Wednesday, rain will become heavy across western Scotland and northwest England. A second low in the series will soon follow, passing near Scotland on Wednesday night providing the region with a second burst of rain.

The heaviest rain across the United Kingdom will fall across already hard-hit areas of northern Wales and northwest England. These areas stand to receive as much as 50-100 mm (2-4 inches) of rain. AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said "This much additional rainfall will likely lead to a renewed flood threat."

Residents affected by flooding during the recent rainfall should once again be on alert for additional flooding.

Not only will flooding threaten the region, wind gusts in excess of 50 mph (80 kph) are expected to cause isolated power cuts. Roys adds that "Soggy soil will make trees even more susceptible to falling." Wind gusts could near storm force in coastal Scotland and in the mountains.

Showery outbreaks will cross southern England as well, but rain in these areas will be much lighter. From Monday night to Wednesday night, several rounds of showers will wet places such as London, Exeter and Norwich. There will be windy periods in southern Britain, but wind in these areas will be mote likely to cause travel disruptions than damage.