Met Office issues amber weather warning for Wales

The heavy rain is likely to cause flooding
The heavy rain is likely to cause flooding -Credit:WalesOnline/Rob Browne

The Met Office has forecasted that "heavy and persistent" rain will hit part of Wales over 24 hours and is likely to cause flooding and disruption. The weather agency has issued an amber weather warning for rain affecting north Wales on Wednesday (May 22) and Thursday (May 23).

Some regions could see more than 150mm of rainfall and there is a possibility of flooded roads, power cuts and transport cancellations, the warning says. It comes as another yellow weather warning for rain is already in place for the majority of Wales for more than 29 hours, from 12.15am on Wednesday until 6am on Thursday.

The new amber warning says people can expect to see "spray and flooding probably leading to difficult driving conditions and some road closures" and notes that "fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life". It continues that there is a "good chance some communities will be cut off by flooded roads", and it's likely there will be delays and some cancellations to train and bus services. "Power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses likely," it adds.

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The warning says that the heaviest rain is expected over north-facing hills and "where strong winds will enhance rainfall accumulations". "Many places within the warning area will see 30-40mm of rain...While mountains of north Wales may see 100-150mm or more," it adds. Join our WhatsApp news community here for the latest breaking news

It also said there could be potentially dangerous road conditions and advised people to "prepare to avoid travelling by road". The warning has a medium likelihood and medium impact and is set to affect the following areas of Wales: