By Claire West

The Met Office and the Environment Agency are warning the public to be prepared for possible travel disruption and flooding as many areas see 20 - 40 mm of rain and some areas see up to 80 mm falling by the end of today (Monday).

Steve Willington, Met Office Chief Forecaster said: "A deep area of low pressure is moving north from the Bay of Biscay and will bring a very unsettled spell of weather to all parts of the UK this week."

David Jordan, Director of Operations at the Environment Agency said: "We strongly urge people to sign up to flood warnings, keep a close eye on local weather forecasts and be prepared for the possibility of flooding. We also ask that people stay safe, by staying away swollen rivers and not attempting to drive through floodwater.

The Environment Agency already has teams out on the ground checking on flood defences and clearing any blockages in order to reduce the risk of flooding as much as possible."