A yellow weather warning for rain is in force for Greater Manchester.

Forecasters have warned people to prepare for a wet and windy start to the weekend. It comes as it is feared almost a month's worth of rain could lash parts of the UK today.

The yellow warning lasts through to 10pm this evening.

The worst of the weather is expected around tonight's rush hour, with drivers being warned of spray and flooding on routes.

Motorists have been advised to drive carefully and allow for extra travel time.

The Met Office said bus and train journeys will ‘probably be affected’, as they predicted up to 80mm of rain could fall in some areas.

They added: “Flooding of a few homes and businesses is possible.”

Strong winds are also due, with up to 27mph gusts expected in Bolton and 30-40mph likely around exposed coasts and hills.

The warning covers Wales, north west England and south west England, with high ground expected to see the worst weather.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said up to 80mm of rain is possible in some areas.

The average August rainfall in Wales is 107mm and the average for August in the south west is 90mm - meaning that almost a month's worth of rain could fall today alone.

"August actually can be a fairly wet month," he said.

Forecasters predict the weekend is set to bring some sunshine and blustery showers, with things looking more positive next week.