Rain is forecast to batter northern parts of England and Wales today, with the Met Office predicting that up to 70mm of rain could fall on higher ground, disrupting travel and affecting major events.
Heavy rain is forecast in northern parts of England and Wales today, with the Met Office issuing a yellow weather warning.
The area, which stretches from Holyhead in Wales to Scarborough and Carlisle in England, could see up to 20-30mm of rain fall during the day, with places on higher ground potentially getting as much as 70mm.
It’s after persistent rain fell for many on Saturday, with Wales, the southwest and the northwest bearing the brunt of the weather.
The fourth Ashes test in Manchester was affected during the day, as was golf’s Open Championship in Liverpool.
Jonathan Vautrey, meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “The band of rain that we’ve currently got from Northern Ireland down to Wales and parts of central and southern England, such as Oxfordshire and Hampshire, will continue to push its way northwards overnight.
“By tomorrow morning, it’s going to stall across the central swathe of the UK in Northern Ireland, northern England and parts of north Wales.
“It primarily sits there for a fair amount of Sunday, particularly in England and Wales, which is why the Met Office has issued a yellow rain warning for that area.
“We have had a relatively wet Saturday, so topping up with the rainfall expected quite persistently throughout Sunday does have the potential to cause some travel disruption and issues with any outdoor events taking place through there.”
It may be a calmer day for those in the southwest, southeast and central areas of England, with sunny spells among the scattering of showers.
Scotland will also experience sunnier weather, with temperatures likely to stay in the low 20s.
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Temperatures in southern England are around average for the time of year, but northern areas will feel “particularly cool” in the rain and cloud.
The UK’s weather is in stark contrast to much of the continent, where intense heat has pushed the mercury past 40C and, in the case of Greece, triggered wildfires.