The Environment Agency has warned the North and East of England, the Midlands and much of Wales to be prepared for flooding, as two bands of very heavy rain are expected to cross the country today and into Saturday.
The risk of flooding over the next few days is expected to be the highest of the year so far, with properties and transport in some parts of the country likely to be severely affected.
This very heavy rainfall is likely to lead to flooding from rivers and surface water. The most severe impacts are expected late Friday and into Saturday morning across Yorkshire and the North East of England, the Midlands and East Anglia.
The Environment Agency has mobilised teams across the country to check on flood defences, clear any river blockages and closely monitor river levels. These teams are working around the clock to reduce the risk of flooding in the coming days.
Met Office predictions suggest that some places could see 100mm of rainfall over the two days.