Met Office weather warning: Rare amber alert as torrential rain to hit UK today – maps

UK weather: Met Office issue warning for 'intense' rain

The Met Office has issued two amber warnings for parts of south west England and Wales, as the weather service warns: “Heavy rain will cause travel disruption and flooding.” There are warnings of homes and businesses likely to be flooded, causing inevitable damage to some buildings. In addition, fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life while delays and some cancellations to public transport services are also likely to occur. People living in the affected areas are urged to be careful. 

The Met Office writes: “Rain is expected to develop on Friday morning and last for much of the day with periods of heavy rain during the day. 

“40 to 60mm of rain is expected quite widely over high ground within he warning area. 

“A few places, across Dartmoor in particular, are likely to see 80 to 100mm with much of this falling in around nine to 12 hours before clearing eastwards. 

“This is very likely to cause flooding and disruption to transport.”

The areas in south west England affected by the flooding are expected to be: 

  • Cornwall
  • Devon
  • Plymouth

In Wales: 

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend
  • Caerphilly 
  • Cardiff
  • Carmarthenshire
  • Merthyr Tydfil 
  • Monmouthshire
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Newport
  • Powys
  • Rhondda Cynon Taf 
  • Swansea
  • Toarfaen 

The heavy rain is expected to bring widespread flooding to the affected areas, particularly in Wales where Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is on high alert. 

NRW says checks on flood defences are under way, as well as ensuring drainage grids and screens are clear to reduce the risk to people and their homes. 

Sean Moore from NRW said: “The band of heavy rain spreading across parts of Wales on Friday and into Saturday is expected to bring flooding impacts and disruption to many areas of South and mid Wales. 

“We have teams out checking defences and monitoring river levels alongside Met Office advice to forecast flood risk. 

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“We are urging people to keep a close eye on weather reports and on the NRW website for details on any potential impacts in their area. 

“We are also advising you take extra care when travelling as conditions could be hazardous.”

A series of yellow weather warnings are also in place for parts of England on Saturday, including the same parts of the south west mentioned above and Cumbria and Lancashire. 

In Wales; Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Powys and Wrexham will be among the heaviest affected areas.

The Met Office outlooks for Saturday’s weather warning reads: “An area of heavy rain will move into north Wales and northwest England on Friday morning. 

“It will persist for the rest of the day before clearing eastwards in the small hours of Saturday morning. 

“Widely, 25 to 40mm of rain is expected with 70mm possible over the peaks of Snowdonia and 100mm over the peaks of Cumbria.”  

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