UK weather – Britain to be battered by torrential rain as Met Office issues 'danger to life' flood warning in North West

BRITAIN is set to be battered by torrential rain this week, leaving homes at risk of flooding.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning as heavy downpours are expected across parts of central Wales and north-western England.

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Forecasters expect 30-40mm of rain and strong winds to hit the country on Thursday and Friday.

Some mountain areas in Wales could also witness 130mm of rainfall, the Met Office said.

Heavy downpours could bring a risk of flooding in homes, forecasters said.

The Met Office said: "There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life."


The warning comes into effect at noon on Thursday and remains in place until midnight on Friday.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “We have issued a Yellow warning covering parts of Wales and North-west England for Thursday and Friday as additional rainfall in these areas may lead to impacts, including flooding.

“Across the warning area accumulations of 30-40mm of rain can be expected, while isolated areas exposed the strong south-westerly winds could see 50-80mm.

“We expect the heaviest rainfall to occur in the mountains of Wales where some areas could witness 130mm of rainfall.”

The Met Office's weather forecast for Tuesday says: “Rain continuing east, reaching the far north-east of Scotland later, followed by sunny spells into western and some central parts.

“Blustery showers following will become heavy later.”

Met Office forecaster Aidan McGivern said a weather front from the West will bring six to eight hours of rainfall on Tuesday.

He added: "The rain by lunchtime makes it into eastern England, central England and then eventually eastern Scotland by the end of the afternoon."

Mr McGivern said it will be a "grey, cold and damp" day for many parts of the UK.

He added temperatures will feel a bit warmer in the evening, with highs of up to 15C.

Hail and thunder are possible from Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

The weather is expected to remain unsettled with heavy rain and strong winds until the end of October.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page said: “Until the end of October we are looking at an unsettled spell of typical autumnal weather which will dominate the forecast.”

It comes as the UK experienced its wettest day since records began this month.

At the beginning of October, Storm Alex brought enough rain to fill the Loch Ness, figures showed.

Data from the national weather service show Saturday, October 3, the day after the storm, was the wettest day since records began in 1891.

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