Met Office issue 'danger to life' amber weather warning for Sheffield

The Met Office has upgraded Tuesday's weather warning to a 'danger to life' amber warning, as rain looks set to batter Sheffield and some parts of central northern England for two days.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 8:16 am

Heavy downpours are forecast from 6am on Tuesday morning until midnight on Wednesday night for up to 120mm in parts of the southern Pennines and northern Peak District.

The amber weather warning, which includes Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield, will see the possibility of some flooding due to heavy rainfall combined with some snowmelt across the hills.

Chief Meterologist 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.

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Amber warning has been issued for Sheffield. Picture by the Met Office

"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.

“Heavy rain will impact the whole of England and Wales by Wednesday with Yellow warnings for rain in force.

"By Thursday 100-150mm of rain could fall over high ground in Wales and Northern England.

"As well as rainfall, rapid snow melt will add to these accumulations, adding 5-10mm in the worst affected areas.

"These amounts of rainfall along with snow melt present a real threat of flooding."

On Monday (January 18), the day is predicted to start off cloudy, before the showers hit around 4pm and last until the evening, with a 50 percent to 60 percent chance of heavy rain.

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