UK weather – Storm Christoph named as Met Office issues amber weather warning for 54 HOURS this week

STORM Christoph is set to bring torrential rainfall as the Met Office issues an Amber weather warning for 54 hours in some parts of the country this week. 

Brits have been warned torrential rain is set to set cut off towns and villages after rivers burst banks.

The warning from the Met Office covers Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield. 

With the rain beginning to come in from early Tuesday morning until midnight on Wednesday night with the potential for up to 120mm in parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District.

Chief Meteorologist Neil Armstrong, said: “A wide area of rainfall will move across central parts of the UK on Monday evening and bring heavy rain for the following 36-48 hours.

‘’The rain will be heaviest across western facing hills, in particular parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District where we could see up to 120mm over the course of the warning period with 40-70mm of rain widely across the whole Amber area.’’

The flood warnings are expected to stay in force throughout this week until water levels recede.

The heavy rain is also set to bring strong winds, adding to the unsettled weather with higher and more exposed locations being affected the most.

Snowfall that blanketed the country in previous weeks has reduced in the early part of the week, with only some wintry showers forecast for parts of high ground in Scotland. 

However colder air is set to come back on Thursday when there is a chance of further snowfall in parts of northern Britain. 

The new weather warning comes after flood warnings and alerts were issued over the weekend, with fears homes and lives at risk from the deluge a day after much of the country was blanketed in snow.

Wales saw the worst of the rain, although millions of people in the north-west and South Yorkshire were also hit with the severe weather.

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