Met Office warns of flooding across England as heavy rain set to batter country

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England is set to be hit with heavy rainfall this weekend – sparking fears of severe flooding.

The Met Office has warned there could be flooding and disruption as a result of rainfall from lunchtime today (August 21).

Saturday’s warning covers the whole of the north and the south west and lasts until midnight, with thunderstorms also expected.

Sunday’s warning (August 22) will last until 6am from midnight Saturday and covers the whole of the north and the south east.

As well as flooding of homes, Met Office forecasters have warned businesses and transport could be affected.

A spokesman said on Saturday it is likely that there will be "outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, moving north and east across many areas, then turning bright across southern, western and later some central parts, but with showers, heavy and thundery in places.

"On Saturday night, heavy rain or showers could become restricted to parts of northern and eastern England whilst dying out elsewhere. Mist and low cloud in the north and east.

"On Sunday, rain in the east is expected to clear, with cloud breaking to allow sunny intervals for most areas. Some showers may develop but many southwestern areas may remain dry."

The Met Office says a yellow weather warning is issued when the weather is likely to cause some low level impacts, including some disruption to travel in a few places.

It says: "Many people may be able to continue with their daily routine, but there will be some that will be directly impacted and so it is important to assess if you could be affected.

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"Other yellow weather warnings are issued when the weather could bring much more severe impacts to the majority of people but the certainty of those impacts occurring is much lower."

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