POWYS will see in 2024 amid the threat if floods, with river levels across the county expected to be “above normal” following heavy rain over the festive period.

A flood alert issued by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) on Christmas Eve was updated on Saturday, December 30, concerning the River Wye in Powys, particularly at Builth Wells and Glasbury, as well as the River Ithon at Disserth.

“A period of adverse weather is expected to affect this region from midday on December 30,” said a statement on the NRW website.

“River levels are expected to respond to the forecast rainfall. River levels are expected to be above normal. Flooding of Low-lying land and roads is expected. We will continue to monitor the situation.”


In the north of the county, NRW said the River Severn will be affected around Newtown, including the Severn-Vyrnwy confluence and from Llyn Clywedog to Newtown.

“Roads close to Caersws could also be affected with rising river levels,” said NRW.

“Roads close to Cilcewydd, Trehelig, Welshpool and Llandrinio could also be affected with rising river levels.”

It also issued a flood warning for the River Vyrnwy in the Meifod area, with the warning not applying to Meifod village itself, on Saturday – although this has since been removed according to the website.

You can monitor the situation in your area by using NRW’s 'River Levels, Rainfall and Sea Data' on its website.

For more information on flood alerts and how NRW issues them, visit the ‘How we forecast floods, issue warnings and assess flood risk’ page, also on the website.

At 6am on New Year’s Eve (today) the Met Office issued a yellow warning of wind affecting Wales, although Powys is unlikely to be vastly affected.

It told residents to expect a blustery day for much of southern England and Wales, but with strongest west-northwesterly winds reserved for parts of southwest Wales, southwest England and English Channel coasts.

“Wind gusts of 50-55 mph are likely quite widely, with potential for gusts of 65-75 mph for the most exposed coasts and hills,” read a statement.

“These strong gusts will also drive squally showers across the area, these bringing hail and the risk of thunder. Winds will ease from west to east during the evening.”

Yellow warnings for rain were also issued on Sunday for the South Wales region.