Swathes of the country are on alert for up to eight inches of rain – a month’s worth – to fall over the next 48 hours. Remnants of Storm Jonas, which has been dubbed the Storm of the Century will coincide with high tides and will whip up mammoth waves putting coastal regions on alert for flood chaos. Worst hit will be the southwest, northern England and Scotland with communities warned to prepare for the worst.

It spells renewed misery for parts of the country still reeling from Christmas floods although nowhere will escape unsettled weather this week. The Environment Agency (EA) warned of a possible ‘danger to life’ and travel disruption issuing 14 alerts and three more serious warnings. The Met Office has severe weather warnings in place for rain across the northwest and down the western coast of the UK tomorrow and Wednesday. FULL REPORT