UK weather: Flood alerts issued as several days of heavy rain forecast

Weather warnings have been issued as hurricane Humberto sweeps towards the UK. (Reuters)

Flood alerts have been issued for parts of the UK as heavy rain is set to sweep the country for most of next week.

Some parts of the country will see up to 70mm of rainfall, which will disrupt travel networks and possibly cause havoc with power supplies.

The Met Office said the inclement weather will be caused by the remains of hurricane Humberto which is currently making its way across the Atlantic.

The Environment Agency has issued 12 flood alerts for parts of the north-west and midlands which are set to be worst affected by the rain.

Meteorologist Becky Mitchell said the category three tropical weather system has mostly dissipated, but it is still likely to bring an area of low pressure that will see an end to the current pleasant conditions.

“We have got some heavy rainfall coming, mainly in the west. It will come in from Northern Ireland, Wales and western parts of England,” Ms Mitchell said.

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“The rain is set to come in tonight and it will be quite cloudy and wet from tonight into tomorrow, where we will start to see that heavy rain arrive.”

A yellow severe weather warning for rain is in place for Northern Ireland until 9pm on Sunday.

A satellite image of Hurricane Humberto moving across the Atlantic. (Reuters)

A second yellow warning for rain is in place from 12.15am on Sunday until 8pm for much of the west of England, the Midlands and Wales, from Carlisle in the north to Worthing in the South East.

Ms Mitchell said: “We have got a low pressure system coming from the Atlantic from tomorrow that will drive the rain in from the west.

“Into next week it’s going to be quite unsettled. Some of these weather systems are the remnants of hurricane Humberto.”

The meteorologist said that the warm air from the continent that caused Saturday’s sunny weather is likely cause more rain as these two weather systems collide.

“It means it’s quite a moist atmosphere, which often brings some heavier rain. The outlook into the start of October does look to stay largely changeable.”

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