Weather warning as UK braced for wild rain and flooding in new ‘storm epicentre’

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    The UK is set to be battered by biblical flooding in just a few hours time, Brits have been warned.

    For the majority of this week, most of the country has been facing around 2.5mm of rain constantly.

    But it now appears to be getting worse, according to experts from the Met Office.

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    New satellite images show that at around 12.30-1am tomorrow morning (January 12) the epicentre of a new barrage of storms will be the north west – with Manchester set to face the brunt of around 16mm of rain per hour over several hours.

    It is estimated that parts of the area, stretching from Stoke-on-Trent to around Kendal, with parts of Leeds and Sheffield, will also be hit with around 8-16mm of the wet stuff.

    It is also set to hit parts of Wales, as Swansea and Cardiff appear on the images with the predicted rainfall on it.

    The rest of the UK will also be covered in rain, but the experts are predicted it will be less than 0.5mm of rain.

    Meteorologist and Presenter Aidan McGivern said: “The jet stream is approaching the UK from the west and sending us further areas of low pressure, with tightly packed isobars across the UK.

    “That continues to be the case as further low-pressure systems deepen and get sent in from the west.

    “It’s going to stay blustery, with some strong gusts in the west in particular and these lows will continue to send us outbreaks of rain and showers heading into the weekend.

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    “With all that wet weather coming in, there are concerns, particularly for those areas that have already seen so much rain across western England and Wales.

    “The wettest weather is likely to see 60-80mm falling across the Brecon Beacons and Exmoor.”

    Further persistent rain will move in on Friday night and into Saturday, with the focus for the heaviest rain likely to be further north, including north Wales, northern England and Scotland, though many areas will still see periods of rain into the weekend.

    Basically, the northern parts of the UK will be very, very wet.

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