Danger to life weather warnings in force as torrential rain to batter north while south of England reaches balmy 18C

DANGER to life weather warnings are in force today as torrential rain batters the north – but southern Brits will be basking in highs of 18C.

The north-south weather divide continues, as Scotland is lashed with two days of amber rain warnings while southerners see the first hint of Spring weather.

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A total of SEVEN weather warnings are in place today – covering the entirety of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and parts of northern England.

Two amber warnings for rain will bring a deluge – and the Met Office has warned that fast-flowing and deep floodwater could cause a "danger to life."

Flooding is expected, and some communities will be cut off because of flooded roads and transport cancellations.

Strong winds reaching up to 70mph will blast people living in Scotland, while 60mm of rain is expected to fall across the whole of Northern Ireland.

Scotland will be worst hit by the deluge, and 120mm of water is set to fall over a 36-hour period on Tuesday and Wednesday for areas including Perth, Stirling, and Dumfries and Galloway.

Chief Meteorologist Andy Page, said: “An area of low pressure to the north west of the UK will bring very wet and windy conditions to parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland and north west England through the start of the week.

"Up to 120mm of rain could fall in a relatively short time, bringing the risk of flooding. An Amber weather warning is in force for parts of Scotland as well as further Yellow warnings for rain and wind.

“With continued southerly winds mild temperatures are forecast for much of the UK, with highs of 14-16C in the south and east through the week.

"As the system moves through by the middle of the week high pressure moves in and this will bring more settled conditions into the weekend, with good spells of sunshine it could feel like the first hints of Spring.”

Brits in the South were treated to a balmy weekend with the mercury hitting as high as 16C in parts of London – and the warm weather is set to continue.

It's going to be a dry and bright day for southern Brits, and throughout the rest of the week temperatures will rise yet again with some areas seeing highs of 18C on Wednesday.

This will mean parts of England will be hotter than Barcelona where the mercury will reach 16C.

Met Office spokesperson Oli Claydon said mid-teen temperatures are expected to continue across the nation, which will seem "especially warm" following the recent freezing weather.

He said: "We're getting milder and wetter air from the west causing warmer weather all round, but we're a way off hitting a February record."

But the warm weather in the south is not all good news as the un-seasonal weather may also cause a spot of bother for hayfever sufferers as the above average temperatures could trigger an increase in pollen levels.

The National Pollen Monitoring Network based at the University of Worcester forecasts fungal spores will be moderate to high until next week.

Dr Beverley Adams-Groom, chief pollen forecaster, at the NPMN, said: "At this time of year, we usually see hazel and alder tree pollen coming into peak season.

"The pollen is released during mild weather in dry and breezy conditions like those we are experiencing at the moment and which will continue over the coming week.

"The minority of hay fever sufferers who are affected by these pollen types are likely to be affected."

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