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‘Danger to life’ amber warning continues but Met Office warns ‘the worst is yet to come’

An urgent “danger to life” alert has been issued for some parts of Britain as more heavy rain and flooding is on the way.

A rare amber weather warning remains in force until 12pm today across northern England and Wales.


Meteorologists have warned that “the worst is yet to come”, as up to a month’s worth of rain has already fallen in one day.

Over the next 24 hours, further heavy rain is expected to cause chaos across Wales, north-west England and the mid-east.

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A rare amber weather warning remains in force until 12pm today across northern England and Wales.

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Yellow weather warnings also remain in force for much of northern England and Scotland.

The Environment Agency has issued 121 flood alerts, 22 flood warnings and one severe flood warning covering the River Roe and River Ive from Highbridge to Stockdalewath.

It comes as one person died during a landslide caused by heavy rain in Carlton-in-Cleveland.

The Met Office said that in the last 24 hours the area had received almost a month’s worth of rain, with 41.6mm of rain recorded in Loftus, a town 20 miles away.

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Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said “the worst is yet to come”.

He said: “There was a lot of rain overnight in the north-west and south of Scotland, as well as areas such as the Midlands, East Anglia and Home Counties.

“The wettest area was Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire, which recorded 68.8mm in the last 24 hours. That’s almost a month’s worth of rain in one day. By comparison, most other areas have seen an average of half a month of rain in the same period of time.

“But there will still be a lot of rain over the next 12 to 24 hours, particularly in north Wales and north-west England. There could be some flooding in north Wales until midday on Thursday.”

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Yellow weather warnings also remain in force for much of northern England and Scotland.

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Low pressure, responsible for the wet weather, is expected to ease over the weekend as conditions improve.

Morgan added: “The bank holiday weekend is likely to see a mix of sunshine and showers, with temperatures expected to rise back into the 20s.”

The Met Office said: “We are still likely to see some showers on Friday, especially in the north, although there will be some brighter periods in the south and east during the day.

“Later on Saturday, a front could move in from the Atlantic bringing a band of rain to Northern Ireland and western parts of Scotland. However, for many, Saturday is likely to be a good day, feeling warmer and slightly above average temperatures.

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