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Heavy rain warning issued for Cumbria

Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for tomorrow (Tuesday 24th), as a deep area of low pressure brings spells of very heavy rain to much of England and Wales.

Widespread rain is expected on Tuesday with some very heavy rain possible, bringing some disruption from flooding.

Spells of very heavy rain are expected to move northeastwards across much of England and Wales during Tuesday.

Whilst many areas will see some heavy rain with 15-30 mm widely, some places may see up to 70 mm, much of this in a relatively short space of time, typically less than 6 hours.

Thunder and lightning is also possible along with strong gusty winds.

Chief Meteorologist, Neil Armstrong, said: “Many people will notice a big change in the weather this week, as last week’s warm and sunny weather is replaced by spells of heavy rain and strong winds mixed with some drier, brighter spells.

“Tuesday will be wet across much of the UK, particularly England and Wales, where heavy rain could see 30-50mm falling in a short time and up to 70mm in some isolated spots. The heavy rain will be accompanied by hail, thunderstorms and gusty winds, leading to flooding and difficult driving conditions.”

Tuesday’s low-pressure system contains the remnants of Hurricane Humberto, bringing with it warm and humid air.  This system will clear eastwards later on Tuesday, however low-pressure will stay in charge for the rest of the week, with largely bright and breezy weather and some showers or longer spells of rain at times.”

Looking further ahead to the weekend, Neil Armstrong continued: “It’ll be an unsettled weekend as low pressure remains in charge – there are some early signals for another deep area of low pressure forming on Sunday – this in combination with high Spring tides means could bring another spell of severe weather and risk of flooding.”

“Sunday’s system has yet to develop however and there are uncertainties about the exact impacts this far ahead – we’ll keep people updated throughout the week.”

What to expect

  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life and some communities may be cut off by flooded roads
  • Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

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