Month's rain could fall today, region is warned; Weekend event organisers bid to beat weather.Byline: Kim Carmichael
THE region is bracing itself for another wet weekend, with almost a month's worth of rain expected to fall in some places today.
The Met Office yesterday warned of severe weather which is expected to cause disruption across the North East and urged people to be prepared for rain that could fall in excess of 50mm in places, particularly over high ground.
People in parts of Tyneside also found themselves at risk of flooding, with warnings yesterday issued for the River Don tributary in Jarrow, South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.
It is bordered by four other boroughs - Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south, and North Tyneside to the north. , the River Derwent River Derwent is the name of several rivers in England:
A Met Office spokesperson said: "Almost every part of Britain will experience heavy rainfall this weekend; it is a pretty miserable outlook.
"Saturday will bring more heavy showers and although things will improve in the South West on Sunday, there will still be wet weather for the eastern side of the country.
"Looking into the week, there isn't much respite.
We expect it will be generally unsettled, with further outbreaks of heavy rain across the country."
The intense weather will cause concern for those in the region whose homes are at risk of flooding.
Ken Hunt, a spokesman for the Environment Agency, warned people in areas most at risk to regularly check local broadcasts.
"The ground is already wet from the recent bad weather so we are expecting to issue further flood warnings and watches as this weather system arrives," he said.
"Although most of it will be surface flooding as drains overflow, some rivers could also breach their banks."
Despite the weather, organisers of the Durham Military Tattoo A military tattoo, is a military drum performance. It dates from the seventeenth century when the British Army were fighting in the Low Countries (Belgium and The Netherlands). are hopeful that the event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Territorial Army will go ahead.
The show, the largest of its kind outside of London, is set to attract an audience of around 2,000 to Palace Green in front of Durham Cathedral tonight. It is hoped that the rain will not disrupt performances by pipe and military bands, First and Second World War re-enactment groups and displays by Territorial Army units from around the North of England.
A spokesperson last night said: "We're hoping that the rain will not stop the event.
"At the moment, we are planning to go ahead with it unless there is a major disruption."
Beamish Museum Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum is an open air museum located near the town of Stanley, County Durham, England. Beamish tries to show what life was like in a typical northern town in the early 20th century — much of the restoration and interpretation is was also optimistic that the heavy rain would not put people off visiting this weekend.
The prize leek leek: see onion.
Hardy, vigorous, biennial plant (Allium porrum) of the lily family, native to the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. It has a mild, sweet, onionlike flavour. show, taking place today and tomorrow, will recreate a traditional vegetable and flower show in the appropriate setting of the museum's colliery village. Local gardeners will exhibit home grown produce and a grand auction will close the event.
Jacki Winstanley, publicity manager at Beamish, said: "The leek show will be in a marquee, so it will still be going ahead as normal.
"Whatever the weather, we still expect people to come to Beamish as there are so many different buildings that, provided you are suitably dressed, the rain makes no difference."
This latest bout of severe weather comes just weeks after heavy rain meant that two showpiece show·piece
Something exhibited, especially as an outstanding example of its kind.
1. anything displayed or exhibited
2. events had to be cancelled.
Thousands of fans were left disappointed when England's Twenty20 game against South Africa South Africa, Afrikaans Suid-Afrika, officially Republic of South Africa, republic (2005 est. pop. 44,344,000), 471,442 sq mi (1,221,037 sq km), S Africa. was called off, as well as a Girls Aloud charity concert planned for Beamish Hall.
NOT ALL GLOOM Craig Hilton didn't let the persistent downpour dampen his spirits as he splashed in a giant puddle in Newcastle's Grainger Street yesterday