FLOOD warnings have been issued for the Ryedale area following yesterday's (Thursday) heavy rain.

Alerts are in place for the River Derwent, Pickering Beck and Costa Beck, River Rye and River Seven.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: "River levels are expected to remain high and further rainfall is expected through the weekend.

"We continue to monitor levels closely. Avoid using low lying footpaths and any bridges near local watercourses and do not attempt to walk or drive through flood water."

Flood warnings have also been announced for York after a day of heavy rain hits the city.

More than 20mm of rainfall was recorded in York yesterday (December 7), with similar downpours forecasted for the weekend.

The Environment Agency has issued two red flood warnings for York, cautioning riverside properties on the River Ouse, and the River Foss upstream of Yearsley Baths that "flooding is expected".

Another wave of rainfall is expected to hit at about 6.45am on Saturday morning (December 9), according to the Met Office.

Levels at the Viking Recorder in the are approaching 3m above normal river levels, and are forecast to rise to 3.72m on Saturday as the river swells.

The River Foss level at Huntington has also exceeded the normal range, clocking in at 2.29m. However, this recorder hasn't got a forecast for the weekend.

Surrounding York, Naburn Lock has registered a high level of 2.51m and states that it'll continue to rise. Currently, the levels haven't reached the threshold where Naburn itself will begin to flood.

The River Derwent by Kexby has also flooded, levels in Elvington are more than half a metre higher than the normal range.

Further north along the Derwent, The Environment Agency has issued two red flood warnings. Both Stamford Bridge and Buttercrambe Mill have are warned that "flooding is expected".