‘Danger to life’ 42-hour weather warning issued as Brits brace for flash floods

Heavy downpours and flash flooding may cause danger to life, warns the Met Office.

The weather agency has said heavy rainfall is expected to batter parts of the country in a new amber weather warning which will last 42 hours.

The amber alert begins at 6am Tuesday and is expected to last until midnight on Wednesday.

A further yellow weather warning is in place for most of the country, consisting of the midlands, north of England, Scotland and Wales, is in place for Thursday, January 21.

Heavy rain may also cut off some communities and roads may be flooded and impassable.

The chaotic weather may cause power cuts, loss of services and severe travel disruption for those affected.

Those living in Manchester and the surrounding areas have been issued the second-highest weather alert.

Spray and flooding may lead to dangerous driving conditions and people are asked to travel safely if their journey is essential.

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Homes may see flooding and there could be damage to buildings as well.

As much as 70mm of rainfall is expected to fall across this time period, and between 100-120mm across parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District may fall.

The Met Office says: "The rain will lead to rapid melting of any remaining lying snow across the higher peaks which may add a further 5-10 mm.

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

Those living in east Midlands, north west England and Yorkshire and Humber will see the worst of the wing and rain.

On Thursday, another weather warning has been issued for London and the south of England, with heavy downpours battering areas overnight.

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