The places you intend to visit are completely unaffected by flooding. It is extremely unlikely that this will have changed by May.
May is 3 months away. We have no idea what the weather will be then, but hopefully the sun might come out.
None of those areas have been flooded anyway, it has been worse in the south west
Even the very large storm surge down the North Sea at the beginning of winter did not cause flooding in London itself (as it did about 60 years ago), thanks to the Thames Barrier. In May it may still be a bit soggy for some country walks, but the lilihood of flooding in cities is small.
I can confirm that Manchester in general has not been subject to flooding. It is pretty unusual in this region and those case I can remember from further back, have been very local (a very few buildings) rather than on the scale that areas such as the Thames valley & Somerset levels have suffered recently.
"it has been worse in the south west"
This isn't right. One small area of Somerset which is a natural flood-plain and accounts for less than 3% of the county of Somerset has had flooding that has lasted longer than usual. The rest of the South-west has not had any significant flooding, but some towns in coastal areas have suffered storm damage - storms happen in winter. Parts of the upper reaches of the Thames have also experienced flooding on the flood-plains - about 8000 homes in low-lying areas by the River were affected, but mostly in 2 or 3 small riverside towns east of Windsor and west of London.
Very sad for those involved but not Armageddon and it's not helpful for those people in the S-West who rely on tourist trade for visitors to get the wrong impression.
Simple message - don't believe lurid media headlines.
In any case, UK weather is so variable, even saying what conditions will be like in a couple of days time is tricky, so trying to forecast May is in the realms of fantasy
I was watching an American news channel a couple of nights ago and the reporter was actually saying there'd been bad flooding in London. I was surprised and wondered if it'd put anyone off visiting, because they'd just taken it as fact.
Can't remember which channel it was, but obviously one that doesn't fact check, or has lazy researchers.
There was some flooding around Putney
But that will probably have been a surge of water lasting a couple of hours
As a general rule if London or the home counties gets a bit of adverse weather such as an inch of snow the media say "the country is at a standstill". If Manchester gets a foot of snow then it hardly gets a mention. The British media are famous for getting hysterical over the weather. As earlier posts state some parts of the country have been affected by floods, some very badly. As to May the way our weather is anything could happen. I recall a cricket match being cancelled on June 3 due to snow. Have a nice trip.
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