‘Danger to life’ warnings issued with heavy rain and flooding forecast for UK

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'danger to life' warning for this weekend – with flooding said to be likely across parts of northern England and Wales.

Now forecasters warn that the wet weather may not relent until the middle of October.

A sustained spell of heavy rain and strong winds across central and southern parts is expected to seriously hit on Sunday.

It is to remain unsettled with sunshine and scattered showers on Saturday in the south.

The Met Office say power supplies may be hit and warned journey times could be increased.

“Heavy rain over parts of Wales and northern England during Saturday night and into Sunday with flooding likely in places," the warning read.

“Spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer – bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer Some interruption to power supplies and other services likely.”

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst warned the wet weather could be around until the middle of next month.

“Some places in Scotland will get 40mm of rain," he said. “There could be 20mm in northern England and Wales.

“Since midnight we’ve had rainfall up to 15mm across north-west England and Wales.

“A band of rain is pushing east across the UK – that band will clear during the early hours of this morning, although it may linger in some eastern parts.

“It’s also going to be breezy, with the strongest gale-force gusts in Shetland and Orkney reaching 45 miles-per-hour.

“We could be facing rain for the next three weeks. There are signs it may become a bit drier and brighter towards the second week of October.”

BBC weather forecaster  Carol Kirkwood said it may not be an easy weekend in certain areas.

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