WEATHER WARNING: Rain alert for Northumberland extended to Tuesday

Weather warning updated by the Met Office at 10.51am on Sunday, January 3.
Weather warning updated by the Met Office at 10.51am on Sunday, January 3.

Northumberland is bracing itself for a heavy dose of rain this afternoon through until Tuesday, with the prospects of localised flooding.

The Met Office has updated a yellow alert it issued yesterday, urging people to be aware of the potential for flooding from 3pm. The warning area has moved north, away from south Northumberland but into the Borders of Scotland.

It has also extended the warning until midday on Tuesday.

Strong winds have been building through the morning, already bringing squally rain, and 25mm to 50mm is expected to fall in the next couple of days, with 90mm predicted for the Cheviot Hills.

The Met Office warning at 10.51am today stated: "Rain, heavy at times, will affect Northumberland and parts of the Borders during Sunday and although easing for a time during Monday morning, further spells of rain are expected during Monday and at first on Tuesday. Please be aware of the risk of localised flooding. This is an update to extend the warning into the Borders and also through into Tuesday."

Its chief forecaster added: "Frontal systems will affect NE England and SE Scotland over the next few days, becoming more active during Sunday and again later on Monday and early Tuesday. Rainfall totals through this period are expected to reach 25-50mm widely with 90mm possible over the Cheviots."

There are currently no Environment Agency flood alerts on any of the Northumberland rivers.