Wimbledon's first day to avoid rain

Wimbledon's first day to avoid rain

The fast flowing River Ure at Aysgarth Falls in the Yorkshire Dales, after torrential downpours brought flooding to swathes of northern England

Floodwaters surrounds local shops in the centre of Mytholmroyd near Huddersfield after torrential downpours

Floodwaters surround the cinema and local shops in the centre of Hebden Bridge

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As householders and businesses continue the clear-up operation after devastating floods, forecasters are predicting the start of Wimbledon will be spared the deluges many areas have experienced this weekend.

River levels in Cumbria, Lancashire and West Yorkshire have dropped since the record levels which saw widespread flooding in these areas on Friday night.

The latest heavy rain fell mainly in the south of England, giving the flood-hit areas some respite as the damage assessments and clean-up carried on in the worst-hit places like Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire and the village of Croston, Lancashire.

In some places a month's rain fell in 24 hours, leaving hundreds of homes swimming in dirty water and prompting forecasters to say we could be on course for one of the wettest Junes of the last 100 years. The River Yarrow burst its banks in Croston flooding around 70 homes which had to be evacuated.

Firefighters were forced to rescue people from cars trapped by flash flooding in the Yorkshire Dales; an 80-year-old pensioner was hospitalised with serious injuries following a collision in heavy rain in the Scottish Borders; people were rescued by boat from their flooded homes in Wigan; roads were closed because of a high risk of a landslip in Argyll and Bute; and widespread travel chaos saw rail services cancelled.

In Cheshire, Paul Weller's gig at Jodrell Bank was cancelled for health and safety reasons due to the weather. The Environment Agency said there were no severe flood warnings in place and there were only six flood warnings.

Four of these were in the York area, one was for a lakeside area at Keswick, in Cumbria, and the last was for an brook near the village of Dauntsey, in Wiltshire.

But the next few days - which sees the start of the Wimbledon Championships - are likely to see mixed weather starting with a largely dry day nationwide on Monday.

Brendan Jones, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Tomorrow is looking pretty good for most people. Probably 90% of the country is going to be dry with some sunny spells coming and going."

Mr Jones said the main risk of localised showers is the north of England and southern Scotland. He said: "For Wimbledon tomorrow looks like the best day of the week - sunny spells and temperatures in the low 20s. Good weather for tennis."

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