The Met Office has issued a ‘danger to life’ weather warning for parts of the UK which will come into force in mere hours.
The forecaster is urging people living in three Scottish regions to be on guard due a rain deluge which will push across northern England from 3am tomorrow.
It warns homes and businesses may be flooded, buildings damaged, and fast flowing floodwater could pose a “danger to lives.”
Public transport could be adversely affected, and some communities may face powercuts.
The Met Office says: “While much of Scotland will see a very wet period through Saturday and into early Sunday, the highlighted area is likely to see the largest rainfall totals.
“Widely 80-100 mm of rain can be expected, with as much as 150-180 mm possible for the wettest spots. Rain should slowly clear to the north of the warning area during Sunday morning.”
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Weather maps for this weekend
Maps show the vast contrast this weekend.
Hot plumes of air will push over the south – with the north expected to see far colder temperatures.
Maps also show the isolated wall of rain which will push over the north of England and much of Scotland.
The north south weather divide explained
Temperatures in parts of the UK are set to reach figures higher than the Greek island of Crete this weekend.
Met Office Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong said: “Prolonged heavy rain is expected to cause widespread disruption for much of Scotland. While Saturday into Sunday will be widely very wet for Scotland, the heaviest, most disruptive, rain is expected in western and central Scotland, as is reflected in our warnings.
“Within the Amber warning area, 80-100mm of rain is likely quite widely, with as much as 150-180mm possible in some of the wettest spots. Rain is expected to slowly clear to the north during Sunday morning. We’ll continue to review warnings so it’s important for everyone to stay up to date with the latest forecast for their area.”
In the south, however, highs of 26C are expected inland – with London and surrounding areas due to potentially break heat records for October.
Yellow warning: Which areas are affected?
A yellow weather warning for rain comes into play slightly earlier – at midnight tonight. It also covers a wider part of the country.
Amber warning: Which areas are affected?
The Met Office map
As you can see, the weather map shows large parts of Scotland will see rain – with a smaller, concentrated area under the amber warning.
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We will be bringing you the latest weather updates which come after the Met Office issued an amber weather alert for rain, dominating parts of Scotland.
This weekend the weather will be a tale of two halves – with southern England baking in potential heatwave-worthy temperatures.
But Scottish regions will suffer extreme rainfall which the forecaster has warned will pose a ‘danger to life.
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