AN amber weather warning has been issued covering the entire Bradford district warning of heavy rain tomorrow and on Wednesday, which could cause flooding.

The rain warning, which lasts from 6am on Tuesday until midnight on Thursday, is warning of "persistent and occasional heavy rain", which combined with melting snow on higher ground could lead to flooding in some areas.

Up to seven centimetres of rain is expected to fall within the space of 48 hours tomorrow and on Wednesday as well as high winds gusting at speeds of up to 25mph.

A further yellow warning for rain is in place until midday on Thursday.

The Met Office has said homes and businesses are "likely to be flooded causing damage to some buildings" and that "fast-flowing and deep floodwater is likely to cause danger to life".

It added that the heavy rain and potential floods could lead to some communities being cut off by flooded roads, and the rain will also likely cause some public transport to be cancelled or delayed, will close some roads and cause difficult driving conditions, and could also cause power cuts.

Forecasters at the Met Office said: "A broad area of rainfall will arrive across this region later on Monday and remain across the area for the following 36 to 48 hours.

"Over the course of this time, 40 to 70 millimetres of rainfall is expected to fall widely across the warning area, with the potential for 100 to 120mm.

"The rain will lead to rapid melting of any remaining lying snow across the higher peaks which may add a further five to 10mm.

"Strong winds will also accompany the rainfall and may add to travelling difficulties across areas higher and more exposed routes."