UK weather: Met Office issues fresh yellow warnings for southwest and eastern England

Large parts of England could face travel disruption and some flooding as heavy rain hits the country, the Met Office has said.

The forecaster has issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covers from Newcastle and its surrounding areas down to East Anglia, along England's east coast. It came into force at 7pm and will last until noon tomorrow.

Persistent and at times heavy rain is expected to clear in East Anglia by dawn tomorrow, and in northeast England by early afternoon.

Another fresh yellow warning for rain, which came into effect at 6pm, covers much of Cornwall, as well as parts of Devon and Somerset. That warning lasts until 6am tomorrow morning.

People under the warnings are urged to be aware that flooding of homes and businesses is possible, while disruption on the roads and public transport is likely.

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Flooding is predicted as a lot of ground is still waterlogged following recent bouts of wet weather and snow.

A total of 78 flood warnings and 262 lower-level flood alerts are currently in place for England.

Dozens of schools in northern England and north Wales closed earlier this week as snow blanketed parts of the UK.

It settled particularly quickly in Derbyshire, Yorkshire - parts of which are also covered by today's weather warnings - and Wrexham in north Wales.

The past five months have seen 10 named storms hit the UK and the latest - Storm Jocelyn - left some train operators cancelling all services in the final week of January.

Storm Jocelyn arrived just one day after Storm Isha brought winds of up to 100mph and flooding.

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Two people died as Isha battered the country.

An 84-year-old man was killed after the car he was travelling in crashed into a fallen tree in Grangemouth, Scotland.

In Limavady, Co Londonderry, a man in his 60s died after a crash involving two vans and another fallen tree.