FLOOD alerts have been issued for the Essex coast and rivers after heavy rain.

The alert, issued by the Flood Information Service, covers the area from Clacton to Colchester, then Maldon and Shoeburyness.

Must of Essex has seen significant rainfall over the past 24 hours.

The alert says there could be some minor flooding on coastal roads and trails and is likely to occur between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. tomorrow morning (Monday Feb. 7).

The tides should also be higher than usual.

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The alert read: “Clacton Promenade, Lee-over-Sands and Brightlingsea seafront could see overrun waves and sea spray.

“The Strood at Mersea Island, Coast Road and the car parks on the seafront at West Mersea, and Hythe and Promenade at Maldon may be flooded.

“Tide levels will be high on the shores of Battlesbridge and Hullbridge. Creeksea Ferry Road on Wallasea Island could be flooded.

“Be careful on coastal roads and trails, and don’t put yourself in unnecessary danger.

The Met Office weather forecast for the rest of the day says there could be isolated showers.

It said: “Mainly dry with isolated showers that fade quickly.

“Cold overnight, with long clear spells and light frost developing in places prone to dawn.

“Breeze in the evening, especially near the coast, but gradually easing thereafter. Minimum temperature -1°C.”

There may also be a chance of rain on Monday.

The weather forecaster added: “A beautiful morning with some frost in places.

“Becoming gradually more cloudy and windy in the afternoon with a little rain possible in spots to end the day. High temperature 10°C.”