‘Significant rainfall’ set for New Year’s Day

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A YELLOW weather warning for rain has been issued for New Year’s Day for West Sussex.

Rainfall totals are expected to range between ten to 20mm, but forecasters have warned there could be as much as 30 to 40mm over some south-facing coasts and hills in the south of England.

South or southwesterly gales with gusts of 50 to 60mph may also accompany the rain.

The Met Office said: “With ground already saturated over much of this area, the public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.”

An assessment from the chief forecaster said: “Another active Atlantic frontal system and deepening area of low pressure is expected to push northeastwards across the UK on Wednesday (January 1), followed by active troughs.

“A combination of strong winds and very moist air will give locally significant rainfall accumulations especially over south-facing coasts and hills.

“South-east England is particularly prone to further flooding.

“The more persistent rain should clear eastwards later on Wednesday and overnight into Thursday, but heavy showers will follow on.”