The Met Office has issued a 'danger to life' weather warning in Scotland with the agency warning of heavy rainfall and potential flooding in many areas. 

The warning comes in to place today ending on Sunday, with the Met Office warning the weather could cause damage to homes and businesses, travel cancellations and power cuts.

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Most of the UK is to experience mild, average October temperatures during this period.

Met Office forecaster Marco Petagna said: “On Thursday and Friday, a band of low pressure will start to sweep in from the north-west, and will affect areas from Cornwall to Northern Ireland.

“There is likely to be incredibly heavy wind and rain in these regions, with gales of 50-60mph in exposed areas, perhaps leading to waves of around 10-11m.

“Around 40mm of rain could fall each day in some parts”.

The “unusual amount” of rain is the result of low pressure moving in from across Atlantic.

Mr Petagna added: “People should be very careful over the weekend, more rain will fall, increasing the chance of river and road flooding.

“Weather like this can be very dangerous and can pose a risk to those out and about, especially on the roads.”