Downpours begin as parts of UK braced for almost a month’s rain in one day
Up to 80mm of rain could fall on Friday.
Heavy downpours have started to lash parts of the UK on a day where almost a month’s worth of rain is forecast to fall in some areas.
The Environment Agency has warned that flooding is possible in several places across England and Wales.
A severe yellow weather for rain has been issued by the Met Office which states that rail and road travel is likely to be affected by the downpours.
Up to 80mm of rain could hit some areas, according to Met Office spokeswoman Jo McLellan.
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Weather warnings are in force, with heavy rain across much of England and Wales.
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Singer Liam Payne was forced to cancel an outdoor charity concert in west London because of the wet weather and Bookmaker Coral said it has suspended betting on this month being the wettest on record.
Wales, as well as the north-west and south-west of England, are expected to be the worst-hit areas.
The Environment Agency has warned that areas near to the River Trent in Derbyshire could flood, as well as two locations in the Lake District.
Natural Resources Wales has issued a flood alert for some low-lying areas in Snowdonia.
The heaviest rainfall of the day at 11am has been in Killowen in Nothern Ireland, where 29.2mm of rain fell over a 12-hour period.
In St Bees Head, Cumbria, 16.8mm fell over the same period.
The Met Office warning runs until 10pm on Friday.
The UK-wide average rainfall for the whole of August is 89.5mm.
The heavy rain is “clearing eastwards as the evening goes on” and Saturday is expected to be clearer, Ms McLellan added.