Almost a month’s worth of rain could fall in just 14 hours in parts of Wales and England as Britain is battered by potentially life-threatening weather conditions.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning which will last most of Friday, saying some places could be drenched by up to 80mm (three inches) of rain.
Forecasters said the main threats include the flooding of homes and roads, difficult driving conditions and travel disruption, and 40mph winds.
The warning is in place across most of Wales and south-west England, and parts of north-west England, the West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Heavy rain could strike at peak travel times in the afternoon and early evening, the Met Office warned.
The Met Office said: “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 30-40mph gusts likely around exposed coasts and hills.”
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