THE Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain ahead of downpours forecast later this week.

People in affected areas were warned the heavy rain could cause flooding and potential disruption on the morning of Wednesday, February 21.

Residents in West Somerset were warned by the Environment Agency to ‘be prepared’ with low-lying land and roads near the Washford River said to be most at risk.

In guidance last updated on Monday, February 19, the Environment Agency said: “The level on the Washford River remains high but stable following the heavy rainfall at the weekend. Levels are returning to normal on the Horner Water, River Aller, Hawkcombe Stream, Monksilver Stream and Doniford Stream.

“Areas most at risk at this time include low-lying land and roads near the Washford River.

“The forecast is dry for Monday and overnight into Tuesday, and we expect most river levels to continue falling throughout this period. The Washford River is however likely to maintain its high level for a number of days yet. We will continue to monitor river levels and the weather forecast closely.

“Please avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses, and remain aware of water levels and weather conditions. You should avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.”

For further information visit the Met Office website.