A flood warning for Southampton has been issued as heavy rain continues to batter the city.

Three areas have been subject to flood alerts – Mansbridge, Riverside Park, and Southampton Water.

It comes after downpours led to "high and increasing" water levels in the River Itchen, which, combined with high tide at Southampton, means flooding is expected.

Daily Echo: The flood warning areaThe flood warning area (Image: Environment Agency)

The owners of the White Swan pub in Mansbridge Road made the decision to close their doors today.

The pub is exceptionally prone to flooding following bouts of rain and was last forced to shut last month in the wake of Storm Henk.

In a post on Facebook, the owners said: “We have had to take the decision to remain closed for today.

“The last high tide water has remained with two more high tides approaching in the next two to three hours.

“Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

The Environment Agency's website says: "Some water may be forced up through the floor of the pub.

"Flooding could affect the pub car park and may come close to the car garage.

"Parts of Riverside Park will be flooded. Levels will be very high at Gaters Mill."  

A yellow weather warning for rain was issued by the Met Office from 2am on Thursday, ending at 6am today. 

Nearly 50mm of rain was recorded in Portswood in the last 48 hours.

The amount of river water that can drain to sea is being restricted due to high tide.

River levels are set to remain "very high" for the next three hours - until the tide level falls.

More rain is forecast in Southampton from midday this afternoon, lasting until 7pm.

Residents are advised to take care in coastal areas as well as on paths along the rivers, and urged to not enter flood water as it may conceal hidden dangers.