Amber weather warning for Kirklees as borough prepares to be battered by rain

An weather warning for rain has been issued for Kirklees by the Met Office.

By Ian Hirst
Monday, 18th January 2021, 9:17 am
Updated Monday, 18th January 2021, 9:18 am

The amber warning for rain includes Kirklees, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield and Wakefield and is in place from 6am on 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.

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An amber weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office (Getty Images)

“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, keep up to date with the latest Met Office forecast as well as flood warnings from the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales.”

As well as heavy rain strong winds will add to the unsettled weather especially in higher and more exposed locations.

With milder air over much of the UK this week the chance of snow 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 never far away through the week and by Thursday there is a chance of further snowfall in parts of northern Britain as the area of low pressure pulls away into the North Sea.

What does an amber weather warning mean?

There is an increased likelihood of impacts from severe weather, which could potentially disrupt your plans.

This means there is the possibility of travel delays, road and rail closures, power cuts and the potential risk to life and property. You should think about changing your plans and taking action to protect yourself and your property.

You may want to consider the impact of the weather on your family and your community and whether there is anything you need to do ahead of the severe weather to minimise the impact

What to expect according to the Met Office

Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings

Fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life

Delays and some cancellations to train and bus services are likely

Spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

A good chance some communities cut off by flooded roads

Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely