FORECASTERS are warning parts of the country could be in for a month's worth of rain in the next 24 hours.

The Environment Agency has warned there is a "heightened flood risk" across the Midlands, while six severe flood warnings remain in place around the rivers Lugg and Wye in Herefordshire and Severn in Worcestershire.

Craig Snell, of the Met Office, said: "Hot on the heels of Storm Dennis, we have now got this next weather system coming through.

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"We have a cluster of warnings around the UK running today into tomorrow.

"Rainfall totals are not too high at the moment. But if we are looking at the situation in 24 hours' time, we could be looking at 50-60mm in South Wales, 70-100mm in North Wales, and up to 100mm in north west England.

"In the worst case scenario we could see a month's worth of rain.

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"It is more the fact that quite a lot of the UK has seen a wet winter. Ordinarily, 50mm of rain would give us a wet day, rivers would be able to cope.

"But the ground is saturated (due to the persistent, heavy rainfall) so it is causing problems."

The EA said England had already received 141 per cent of its average February rainfall so far this month.

The EA said its teams put up more than 6km of temporary flood barriers across the country and that flood defences have protected nearly 25,000 properties from the ongoing impacts of Storm Dennis.

John Curtin, EA executive director, said: "We expect further disruptive weather today, bringing a significant flood risk to the West Midlands.

"Flood warnings also remain in place across much of England following rainfall which has led to record river level in many places.

"Whilst extremely upsetting, if you are asked to evacuate it is important to do so as quickly and as safely as possible."

On one of the flooded roads on the outskirts of Upton-upon-Severn, a man in green waders, unperturbed by the high water, was heading into town on foot with an empty shopping bag.

The man - who declined to give his name - said he was off into Upton to "have a pint" and get some bread and milk.

He added that the 2007 floods had been worse, estimating the water levels had been 1ft (0.3m) higher.