Met Office weather warning: Danger to life alerts issued as torrential rain to smash UK

UK weather: Met Office forecast rain and snow in parts of country

Met Office weather forecasters have broadened the range of their latest weather warnings. The agency has released three new alerts for the UK, as torrential rain washes over the country in the coming week. They have included a “danger to life” amber alert with predictions inches of rain could flood the streets. 

The latest warnings, which include two yellow and one amber alert, come into place from Tuesday. 

Rain starts at 12am, with the worst to come six hours later and continue for another two days. 

The earliest warning, which comes into effect from 12am on the 19th and remains until 12pm on the 21st, warns of persistent rain over the high grounds of Wales. 

The warning states: “Several days of persistent and occasional heavy rain are expected to affect the region.”

“The heaviest and most persistent rain is likely to be across Wales and the high ground of northern England (Pennines).

“By early Thursday, 30-60 mm of rain is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with 100-150 mm over the high ground of Wales and northern England.

“Up to 200 mm is possible across parts of north Wales. Melting snow across higher parts of the Pennines may exacerbate the potential for flooding.

“Strong winds will also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes.”

The following amber warning comes into effect from 6am and lasts another day untul 11.59pm on the 20th.

Although shorter, forecasters have warned nearly five inches of rain could flood the effected areas. 

The amber advisory states: “A broad area of rainfall will arrive across this region later on Monday and remain across the area for the following 36 to 48 hours.

“Rainfall will be heaviest and most persistent across western facing hills.”

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“Over the course of this time, 40 to 70mm of rainfall is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with the potential for 100 to 120mm across parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District.

“The rain will lead to rapid melting of any remaining lying snow across the higher peaks which may add a further 5to 10 mm.

“Strong winds will also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes.”

A final yellow warning comes into place for the south of England from 12am on the 20th until 3am on the 21st, which expects less rain. 

The warning states heavy rain will fall around the region from Wednesday night, the heaviest around “higher ground to the southwest”. 

It adds: “20-50 mm of rain is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with 50-80 mm over the Moors in the Southwest.

“Some stronger winds may also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes.”

The first yellow warning affects the following areas:

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • London & South East England
  • North East England
  • North West England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humber

The amber warning affects the following areas:

  • East Midlands
  • North West England
  • Yorkshire & Humber

The final yellow warning affects the following areas:

  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • London & South East England
  • Wales
  • West Midlands

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