WEATHER UPDATE: New warning of rain for Northumberland tomorrow

River levels have been high but falling all day - like the Aln at Lesbury (pictured).
River levels have been high but falling all day - like the Aln at Lesbury (pictured).
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Just when we thought there might be a bit of respite in the weather, the Met Office has assigned a new warning of rain in Northumberland tomorrow.

The county has been battered with high winds and persistent rain for several days and earlier today, all warnings were removed, giving beleaguered residents some hope that there might be a let-up in the conditions.

The Met Office warning of rain in Northumberland for tomorrow.

The Met Office warning of rain in Northumberland for tomorrow.

But no sooner had hopes of drier conditions been raised, they were dashed by the latest warning of heavy rain.

The yellow (be aware) warning came at 2.25pm today and covers the entire North East. It predicts a band of heavy and possibly prolonged rain across parts of the region and south-east Scotland, from 4am until at least 9pm. Rainfall totals of 10-20mm are forecast, with perhaps over 30mm on high ground.

The Met Office has said: "Given the earlier wet weather, please be aware of the renewed risk of flooding and disruption to transport."

The chief forecaster said: "An active frontal system is expected to move north-eastwards on Thursday. Although there remain uncertainties in the precise details and timing of this system, there is concern that areas that have experienced exceptionally wet weather may well see further heavy rain, bringing a renewed flood risk."

Looking on the bright side, all of the five Environment Agency red flood warnings issued for Northumberland rivers this morning have been lifted. There sill remain the lesser amber flood alerts on the following rivers, with tomorrow's forecast playing a big part:

River Tweed south bank: Water levels on the Tweed is set to rise again tomorrow. Low lying land and roads may be affected.

River Till and tributaries: River levels are continuing to fall, however further the rainfall forecast for tomorrow morning may cause water levels on the River Till to rise again.

Coastal rivers in north Northumberland: River levels on the Waren Mill, Belford Burn and other small watercourses may rise again tomorrow.

Lower River Coquet: The flood gates at Warkworth will remain closed overnight.

Upper River Coquet: The flood gates at Rothbury will remain closed overnight.

River Wansbeck: Levels on the River Wansbeck and Font to rise again. Low lying land and roads may be affected. The flood gates at Morpeth will remain open.

River Pont and Blyth: More rain tomorrow will raise river levels again.

River Tyne: Be aware of rising levels for the River Tyne and Cockshaw Burn at Hexham.