It's going to be far from a white Christmas this year but very, very wet for the UK, according to forecasters.

Weather experts are predicting a deluge of raining starting on Wednesday will be accompanied by driving winds that will annihilate any hopes for a wonderfully festive white Christmas.

The weather is expected to be so severe the Environment Agency has issued a series of flood warnings for parts of the country.

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Not this year, folks

Successive bands of heavy rain will move across the country, with Northamptonshire among the regions which are at particular risk.

The Environment Agency said large swathes of southern and south western England, south east Wales and the Midlands should prepare for the possibility of flooding on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning.

Areas of England and Wales were last month engulfed by flood water that surged through streets and down roads, cutting off whole communities and forcing dozens to flee their homes.

Rivers burst their banks and fields were flooded as several days' rain fell in just a few hours.

With the ground already saturated, the wet weather is likely to lead to property flooding from rivers and surface water as well as disruption to road and rail networks.

The counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex and Northamptonshire are particularly at risk, and people are being urged to keep up to date with the latest information from the Environment Agency website, sign up to free flood warnings, check their route for disruption before travelling, and not to drive or walk through floodwater.

Craig Woolhouse, flood risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: "Our teams are out around the clock to minimise the risks and prepare for flooding, clearing drainage channels and ensuring that flood defences are working properly.

"We urge people to keep up to date with the weather forecast and local news overnight and remain prepared for flooding in their area by signing up to receive free flood warnings and staying away from dangerous flood water."

Forecasters this week warned people to expect up to seven days of unsettled conditions as a series of wet weather systems engulf the UK.

Those in areas at risk should check the Environment Agency website for the latest information: www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood and sign up for free flood warnings on the Environment Agency's website, or by calling the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188.

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

    An elderly man keeps an eye on sandbags and the water level on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    Villagers carry sandbags for flood defence building through standing floodwater for the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A boy inspects a 4x4 vehicle as it manages to keep above the water in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A girl checks through the window of a cottage on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

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  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A man checks the water level outside the front of his cottage on Cheats Road in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

    A car is partially submerged in standing water in the Somerset village of Ruishton, near Taunton, which has been flooded after the River Tone burst it's banks.

  • Autumn weather November 25th

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: A woman wades through flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    TAUNTON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Sandbags protect a period property from flood water in the centre of the village of Ruishton, near Taunton, on November 25, 2012 in Somerset, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

    GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 25: Flood water can be seen in fields surrounding the Glastonbury Tor on the Somerset Levels, on November 25, 2012 near Glastonbury, England. Another band of heavy rain and wind continued to bring disruption to many parts of the country today particularly in the south west which was already suffering from flooding earlier in the week. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

  • Flash Floods Cause Chaos In The South West

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  • Autumn weather November 23rd

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  • Autumn weather November 23rd

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