An urgent Yellow “risk to life” weather warning has been issued across the UK after a night of heavy downpours – and more to come this morning.

The UK has been battling Storm Babet for days, with the tail end of it proving wetter than ever. And now most of the UK is waking up to more torrential rail forecast for most of today, forcing the Met Office to issue Yellow warnings for rain, and one further north for fog.

Forecaster Craig Snell said the wet weather meant there was “potential for travel delays and poor driving conditions” this morning. He added: “There could be a lot of spray on the roads and some difficult driving conditions as we start Wednesday morning. There could be some delays to public transport as well.”

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“It could be a bit of a tricky rush hour, first thing, but the rain will move out of the way and it will certainly be nowhere near on the scale of what we’ve seen further north.”

He warned that the weather was more “typical” for October than that of Storm Babet, adding that the storm was “thankfully long gone”, although that much of the south coast of England and south Wales was likely to be battered by 15-25mm of rain.

However, some areas along the Bristol and English Channels could be hit by a deluge of 50-60mm of rainfall – however this “would be very localised”. Not only will rain be an issue, but the Met Office is predicting the fog would be “dense in places” and lead to disruption.

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The warning covers the east of England, from East Anglia to north of Hull, and stretches across the Midlands to take in north-east Wales and north-east England around Manchester.

At least seven people are now thought to have died in incidents related to Storm Babet, while hundreds were forced to flee their homes in Scotland and north-east England when evacuation orders were issued. About 1,250 properties in England flooded during the storm, according to the Environment Agency.

A total of 13 areas broke their daily rainfall records for October last week, including sites in Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Kincardineshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Derbyshire and Humberside, the Met Office said.

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