FORECASTERS are warning that an area of low-pressure will bring heavy rain and strong winds across England.

A severe weather warning is in place for 24 hours today (Friday, August 9) and another warning has been issued for all day Saturday.

In the worst affected regions there could be up to 40mm to 60mm of rain during the warning period, with 10mm to 15mm of rain expected widely.

Neil Armstrong, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: “This low-pressure system will bring challenging conditions, including unseasonably strong winds and heavy rain, from the west during Friday and Saturday.

"Summer storms - compared with those in autumn and winter - always have the potential to create additional impacts because more people are likely to be outdoors, especially by the coast.

"Additionally with trees in full leaf they are more vulnerable to being brought down by strong winds.”

Drivers are being warned to expect their journeys to be slightly longer with the risk of fallen trees likely.

There is also a chance of power cuts and delays to public transport.

Highways England’s head of road safety, Richard Leonard, said: “We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time.

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible.”

Coastal areas such as New Brighton could be affected by large waves and spray so residents are urged to stay vigilant.

Ross Macleod, RNLI Respect the Water campaign manager, added: “If you’re heading to the coast, beware of large waves and stay away from the edge – even from shore, large breaking waves can sweep you off your feet and drag you out to sea. Check your surroundings – storms can change the landscape of some beaches, changing or damaging access points.

“If you find yourself in difficulty in the water, remember to relax and float on your back – this will give you a chance to regain control of your breathing.

"If you see someone else in danger, never enter the water yourself as you could end up in trouble too. Call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

"If there is something buoyant nearby, throw that to the person to keep them afloat until professional help arrives.”