Heavy rain is set to hit the Lake District in the next couple of days, which will come as a blow for those who opted for a staycation this half term.

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow weather warnings for rain across Cumbria and in parts of southern Scotland.

An amber warning is in place for the Lake District from 3pm on Wednesday until midnight on Thursday, with ‘persistent and heavy rain’ expected - which could lead to flooding and disruption to travel.

Forecasters said around 100 to 150mm of rainfall is likely through most of Cumbria, while a further 200 to 250mm can be expected in the fells.

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This level of weather warning means people can expect delays or cancellations to train and bus services, difficult driving conditions and road closures, as well as power cuts and flooding.

Drivers are advised to take particular care when driving through heavy rain and should consider delaying their journey if possible.

Met Office Chief Meteorologist Paul Gundersen, said “The rain is likely to become more showery and less persistent, albeit still heavy at times, during Thursday night and perhaps Friday morning, with a separate warning still in force at that time.

“These amounts of rainfall present a real threat of flooding and people should keep a close eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and SEPA.

“There may be some disruption to transport, with some difficult driving conditions and possible road closures.

"Stay up to date with the forecast in your area on the Met Office website or via our mobile app.”

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