Localised flooding possible today

Areas particularly prone to localised flooding Credit: ITV Central

A miserable and perilous commute for many this morning with heavy rain for central and northernmostparts of the region especially.

An inch of rain or more in places, watch for surface water and spray on the roads, as well as debris and blocked drains.

The screen shot shows the areas which most concern the Environment Agency in terms of localised flooding and rivers bursting their banks. Visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk if you are concerned - they update their flood warnings every 15 minutes.

Thundery, heavy showers are falling further south, but winds ease for a time as the low pressure moves into position by midday, slap bang across the Midlands.

Heaviest rain and strong winds transfer northwards Credit: ITV Granada

This afternoon, the rain continues to push northwards, the heavy, thundery showers transferring to the north Midlands, along with blustery winds which start to increase again, gusting 40-45mph. Temperatures generally just into double figures at best.

Turning more showery, still breezy Credit: ITV Central

From Tuesday onwards we are looking at showers and longer spells of rain with low pressure in charge for much of the week. It will be breezy but not as windy as today, and precipitation will be mainly of showers rather than rain.

Ridge of high pressure form the NW builds in towards the end of the week, so Friday may not be looking too bad.