The wettest UK drought ever
The Environment Agency warned of localised flooding across parts of southern and eastern England, Midlands and Wales today, with a total of 35 flood warnings and 173 flood alerts in place on its website.
A spokeswoman said: 'It’s not unusual to experience heavy downpours and some flooding - mainly of farmland - at this time of year, but we’re continuing to closely monitor the forecast and rainfall particularly in areas along the rivers Severn, Teme and Avon, including Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
'Environment Agency teams are out on the ground continuing a close watch on river levels as well as checking defences and clearing any potential blockages to reduce the risk of flooding.'
Five years ago incredible aerial shots above Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire became symbolic of the devastating effect of nationwide flooding in England.
Relentless rain across the county in 2007 left large parts of the Gloucestershire town completely underwater, and now the most recent downpours have left Tewkesbury almost submerged again.
The latest swathes of rain have left the town on alert again, with the Environment Agency setting up an incident room as heavy rain continued to cause the River Severn to rise.