WEATHER WARNING: South Yorkshire to be hit be heavy rain and floods

WINTER: Icy blast.
WINTER: Icy blast.
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The north of England has been warned to prepare for the risk of flooding as heavy rain is expected.

Heavy and persistent rainfall is expected, according to the Met Office.

Extreme winds, driving rain and potential flash flooding is set to batter Sheffield, South Yorkshire and Derbyshire this weekend, experts have warned.

The worst of the weather is due from Saturday evening through to Sunday.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for South Yorkshire for Saturday and Sunday by the Met Office.

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire has already been forced to cancel its Christmas Market event on Sunday due to ‘high winds’.

The Environment Agency has issued severe flood warnings, which indicate a possible danger to life, to communities in Cumbria and Lancashire.

There are amber warnings, meaning “be prepared”, for Greater Manchester, and for North and West Yorkshire.

In some places a month’s worth of rain forecast to fall in 24 hours.

Falling on already-saturated ground, it is likely to cause localised surface water flooding, and high river levels.