Rainy days and Mondays... weather set to improve after today
Brighter and drier weather is on the cards for the Westcountry later this week – but not before another soaking today.
Forecasters said the region should brace itself for the worst of the weather today, with heavy downpours expected across areas which have already suffered flooding.
It comes after a few short days in which many areas have experienced a whole month's worth of rainfall.
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Tim Thorne, forecaster at the Exeter-based Met Office, said the start of the week would see another deluge. "We will be seeing some heavy showers, particularly across Cornwall and western parts of Devon," he said, adding that Somerset would probably have "a respite from the bad weather".
"However, this rain will also be accompanied by strong north westerly winds and it will be getting fairly chilly," he said.
Mr Thorne said that in the 24 hours to midday yesterday Bastreet on Bodmin was the wettest place in the region, having experienced 51.6mm of rain. In the same timeframe, Plymouth had 46.6mm of rain and the Isles of Scilly had 43mm.
However, the picture is improving, said Mr Thorne.
"I think by the middle of the week it will be drier and brighter in our region, but it will be getting colder. There will be one of two showers but by and large the weather will be brighter.
"There may even be a touch of frost by the end of the week," he said.