FORECASTERS have extended a severe weather warning for heavy rain across Halton.

The Met Office has updated the heavy rain warning to cover Runcorn and Widnes today (Tuesday, September 24) until 11pm.

A yellow weather warning is in place for most of England and part of Wales and potential flooding is expected.

The downpour is being brought by a burst of low pressure travelling across the UK, along with warm and humid air linked to the remnants of Hurricane Humberto which hit the Bermuda coastline last week.

England and Wales can expect 30mm to 50mm of rain in a short time on Tuesday, with up to 70mm in isolated spots.

Forecaster Mark Wilson warned of 'thunder, lightning and gusty winds' through the affected areas.

“It’s very likely there will be issues with surface water causing flooding,” he said.

In the early afternoon there will be brief respite but more rain is predicted for the evening.

Residents are being urged to stay updated with the Met Office forecast throughout the day.

Localised flooding could see delays for public transport.