HEAVY rain is set to come pouring in across the north west of England towards the end of the week.

A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued by the Met Office and is expected to last from noon on Friday to late into Saturday evening.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Rain is expected to arrive across parts of the UK during Friday and become heavy and persistent, this is especially true for high ground exposed to the strong southwesterly wind.

"There remains some uncertainty to the locations likely to see the highest rainfall totals.

"This rain is expected to continue falling in similar areas for around 24 hours.

"As such during this period 40 to 60mm of rain is likely, with perhaps as much as 100mm over higher ground."