A month’s worth of rain is set to lash the UK, putting homes in danger of flooding and threatening widespread travel chaos for millions.
Up to 80mm of rain is possible in just 14 hours as August continues to be a washout and forecasters have warned drivers to prepare for hazardous and blustery conditions on the roads.
Forecasters have issued a yellow warning for heavy rain for 8am to 10pm as Britain is battered by potentially life-threatening conditions.
The warning covers Wales and North West and South West England, with high ground expected to see the worst weather, according to the Met Office .
Forecaster Marco Petagna said up to 80mm of rain is possible in some areas as temperatures remain in the mid to high teens across the country.
A month’s worth of rain could fall on Friday alone as some places average just 80-90mm for all of August.
“August actually can be a fairly wet month,” Mr Petagna said.
Strong winds are also expected, with 30mph-40mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills.
Heavy rain may coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening, leading to difficult driving conditions on major routes, the warning says.
Mr Petagna said places outside the warning area will not escape the rain on Friday.
“Much of England and Wales will see a fairly wet day,” he said, adding that the whole of the UK will get rain at some point.
The forecaster said the weekend will bring sunshine and blustery showers, adding that things are looking more positive next week.
“Especially come mid-week, pressure’s building a bit,” he said.
The Met Office said in the yellow warning: “Rain is expected to become widespread and heavy at times during Friday.
“Heavy rain may also coincide with peak travel times during the afternoon and early evening leading to difficult driving conditions on major routes.
“The heaviest rain is most likely over high ground, where some places may see 60-80mm.
“Strong winds are also expected with 30-40 mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills.”
Which ares are under a heavy rain warning?
The yellow warning for heavy rain will be in place from 8am to 10pm on Friday.
The Met Office says to expect spray and flooding on roads, travel disruption and flooding of “a few” homes and businesses.
Forecasters have listed these places in the warning:
Wales: All regions except Anglesey
North West England: Blackburn with Darwen, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Greater Manchester, Halton, Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington
Yorkshire & Humber: South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire
East Midlands: Derbyshire
West Midlands: Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford and Wrekin
South West England: Bath and North East Somerset, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, North Somerset, Plymouth, Poole, Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Torbay
Met Office five-day weather forecast
Rain in the north-west will move south-eastwards, to be focused across England and Wales this afternoon.
It will be often heavy and accompanied by strong winds.
Northern Ireland and Scotland will become brighter, but with some heavy showers possible.
There will be further showers in the north-west, with the risk of thunder.
Rain will clear central and southern areas overnight, but there will be scattered showers in the west.
Sunshine and showers will be likely for most.
The heaviest showers will be in the north-west, with the risk of thunder, and perhaps gales here later.
Sunday to Tuesday
There will be sunshine and showers, these heavy in the north initially, but becoming lighter and more isolated with a lot of fine and dry weather by Tuesday.