Fortnight's worth of rain in 12 hours as flood misery continues

The end is in sight! Fortnight’s worth of rain will fall in 12 hours as flood misery continues BUT skies will clear for the weekend as stunning pictures showcase Britain’s autumn colours

  • Met Office issues weather warning for Wales and the Midlands with up to 2.4in (60mm) of rain set to fall 
  • Downpours expected between 9pm tonight and 9am tomorrow bring fears over flooding and travel chaos
  • Rain will affect much of UK throughout tomorrow, with outbreaks gradually spreading south-eastwards
  • Friday through to Sunday set to be far more pleasant with sunny spells expected but highs of just 13C (55F)

Britain is braced for a wet and windy night with a fortnight’s worth of rain set to fall in 12 hours into tomorrow, but skies are set to clear in time for the weekend with sunshine on the way.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for Wales and the Midlands with up to 2.4in (60mm) of rain set to fall between 9pm tonight and 9am tomorrow amid fears over flooding, difficult road conditions and travel chaos.

Downpours will affect much of the country throughout tomorrow, with outbreaks gradually spreading south-eastwards through the day before clearing southern England in the late afternoon. 

And Friday through to Sunday is set to be far more pleasant with sunny spells expected for much of the country, although temperatures will remain cold with highs of only 13C (55F) for the South. 

Autumnal colours are seen on the trees as people walk through Studley Royal Deer Park in North Yorkshire this morning

A pedestrian walks past autumnal colours covering a building in the Georgian Quarter of Liverpool this morning

Deer at Raby Castle, a medieval castle near Staindrop in County Durham, in front of autumnal colours on trees this morning

A car is driven past the autumnal colours of the leaves of a tree at Mold in North Wales this morning

The Environment Agency has 27 flood alerts and four warnings out for England, mostly in the Midlands, while Natural Resources Wales has a further two alerts in place. The average rain for all of October is 108mm (4¼in).

In its rain warning, the Met Office said: ‘Rain, often heavy, developing over Wales early Wednesday evening and moving east across central and some northern parts of England overnight.

‘As much as 40 to 60mm of rain is likely to fall over some hills and mountains in Wales, with 20 to 30mm quite widely elsewhere in Wales and also over some other parts of the warning area.’

The warning, which covers cities including Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield and Cardiff, added: ‘Following recent very wet weather some travel disruption and flooding is likely.’ 


Most of the country will be dry today (left) but there is torrential rain expected to arrive across the UK tomorrow (right)

Deer at Raby Castle in County Durham this morning as the country prepares for more wet weather tonight and tomorrow

Deer at Raby Castle, a medieval castle near Staindrop in County Durham, are pictured in the morning sunshine today

A stag shelters near a tree as the autumn sun rises over Studley Royal Deer Park in North Yorkshire this morning

Deer at Raby Castle, a medieval castle near Staindrop in County Durham, at sunrise this morning

A stunning sunrise over Waseley Hills Country Park in Birmingham this morning before more heavy showers arrive

Today will be mostly dry with sunny spells and 17C (63F) highs but there will be some rain in North West England and Scotland and possible showers in Wales, Northern Ireland and South West England this afternoon.

Tonight, outbreaks of rain will develop across Northern Ireland, Wales and much of England, some of which will be heavy – and through the night this will continue to push north-eastwards, affecting most of the country.

It will be cloudy with rain for most areas tomorrow morning, which will gradually spread south-eastwards, clearing southern England through the afternoon when it will start to become brighter for most areas.

On Friday, a band of rain will spread from north-west to south-east through the day, some of which will be heavy, while it will be chilly but mostly dry on Saturday but there will be a few showers, especially around eastern coasts.

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