03:46AM, Friday 18 July 2014
A warning has been issued to drivers ahead of predicted stormy weather this weekend.
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for rain, starting tonight and continuing through Saturday which means torrential downpours are expected and there is also a risk of localised flooding.
According to the forecast, the showers will begin in the south of the country overnight on Friday and move northward throughout Saturday.
The showers are expected to be localised and short, but torrential and thundery, and are possible across much of England over the weekend.
The Highways Agency is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and keep journeys safe and reliable.
Director of traffic management at the Highways Agency, Simon Sheldon-Wilson, said: “While this weather should not prevent people from making a journey, it’s important that drivers are aware of the forecast and drive appropriately.
“Rain and spray can reduce visibility and when the road is wet it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it's raining and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front. It’
Highways Agency traffic officers across England will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents.
Its regional control centres will be monitoring CCTV cameras, answering emergency telephone calls and setting advisory signs for drivers to warn of spray and other road conditions.
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The Environment Agency has also advised that the forecast thunderstorms and torrential rain could lead to a weekend flood risk in the South-east.
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