Intense ‘heavy persistent rain’ will lash Brits over 22 hours, say Met Office

Brits will be getting their raincoats at the ready today as weather forecasters fear "heavy and persistent rain" could lead to flooding and wreak havoc on public transport.

A yellow weather warning for torrential rain has been issued by the Met Office to a large part of northern and eastern England for Tuesday morning, including the cities of Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Boston and Hull.

The downpours will lash northern Brits for 22 hours, with the warning in place from 2am on Tuesday through to midnight.

A separate yellow warning has been issued to southeast England and south Wales, lasting 11 hours, from 5pm Monday until 4am today.

Along with the nasty wet weather, it appears that hopes of extending the short 'Indian Summer' at the end of September can be forgotten, as temperatures look set to dive below 10C in the coming weeks, meaning snow could potentially follow the floods.

In their warning, the Met Office said: "Rain, accompanied with strengthening winds, will move north and eastwards across the area early on Tuesday, becoming slow-moving over parts of northeast England and, later, also eastern England. 15-30 mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely."

"Over eastern and northeastern England, 40-50 mm of rain is likely to fall in some parts with 50-75 mm also possible in a few spots."

They have offered some advice for drivers travelling in the early hours of the day, which includes following the guideline ‘if it’s time for your wipers, it’s time to slow down’.

They also said to 'watch for gaps between trees, buildings or bridges' for sidewinds that could affect your control of a vehicle.

Government meteorologists also repeated an important message to motorists about the dangers of flooded roads, reminding them that driving through water is the number one cause of death in flood conditions.

Just 12 inches (30cm) of moving water can make your car float, which may cause it to end up in deeper, dangerous currents.

No warnings have been issued for the rest of the week.

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