UK weather forecast: Five danger to life flood warnings in place as Britain braced for further downpours

Bronwen Weatherby
Members of the Fire and Rescue service evacuate an elderly resident to dry land in Doncaster: AFP via Getty Images

Five severe "danger to life" flood warnings are in place today as the UK braces for another week of downpours.

Heavy showers, expected across large parts of the country, will be a risk to communities already affected by flooding.

The Met Office has placed yellow weather warning for rain issued over swathes of northern England on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Flooding and disruption to transport are likely, especially in areas where river banks and flood defences have recently been breached, forecasters said.

Arial view of Doncaster houses and cars submerged in floodwater (Getty Images)

A further 39 flood warnings - where immediate action is required - have been put in place by the Environment Agency.

There are an additional 99 flood alerts, where flooding is possible and residents will be asked to make preparations.

Some heavy bands of rain will sweep across England on Monday, clearing the south east around midday to make way for sunny spells and showers.

There will be longer spells of rain across the north west this evening.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson picks up a mop during clean up at an opticians in Matlock on his visit (Getty Images)

As Monday passes, Tuesday will start out cold with sunny spells and some showers but a band of more persistent rain will make its way south throughout the day.

Rain and showers will continue through the rest of the week with it becoming drier and colder as winter temperatures set in in some areas.

Flooding blighted towns in northern England and the Midlands last week when areas were hit by one month's worth of rain in a day.

Dozens of people were forced to sleep in shopping centres overnight on Thursday and by Friday morning dramatic images of abandoned cars submerged in water emerged.

Rescue operations tried to get waterlocked residents to areas of safety (Getty Images)

Throughout the day, teams attempted to rescue residents trapped by the floodwater.

A woman was found to have died after being swept away by the high waters.

Later, she was identified as former High Sheriff of Derbyshire Annie Hall. She was found in the River Derwent after being engulfed by water in Darley Dale, Near Matlock.

Over the weekend, parts of Doncaster in South Yorkshire remained under one metre of water with only tractors able to get in by road.

Dramatic scenes in Rotheram over the weekend (AFP via Getty Images)

Half of the 700-person population of Fishlake had to be evacuated as water continued to rise during heavy rain.

Many took refuge in the nearby Hare and Hounds pub while some sought shelter in a local church.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Matlock on Friday and said he was "in awe" of flood-hit communities who had showed great resilience.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour opposition, spent his weekend meeting flooded residents in Conisbrough.

Snow could fall on hills and higher ground, mainly in Scotland and Wales later on this week.