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Met Office weather warnings: New alerts as up to EIGHT inches of rain to hit UK

BBC Weather: Parts of the UK set to be hit by heavy rain

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The Met Office has issued several severe weather warnings for rainfall from Friday through to Sunday with heavy rainfall expected to fall. The torrential downpours will likely cause flooding in some regions as well as cause disruption to power supplies and travel. The alerts affect several regions of the UK from Friday morning through to Sunday.

The most severe weather warning is an amber rain warning which is in effect from 8pm on Friday until 6pm on Saturday.

The warning advises of heavy persistent rainfall which is predicted to cause some flooding and disruption to transport and utilities.

A slow-moving frontal system is expected to bring persistent and at times heavy rainfall to parts of Wales through Friday and much of Saturday.

As much as three inches (70mm) of rainfall is expected widely within the warning area, with high ground and upslopes exposed to the south and southwest expected to see significantly more.

Across these areas, as much as six inches (150mm) is anticipated quite widely, with as much as eight inches (200mm) possible on the highest ground of south Wales before the rain band clears to the east during the late afternoon and evening.

As well as heavy rain, strong to gale force southerly winds will be an additional hazard through Saturday.

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