THE Met Office say heavy rain could bring flooding to the county this weekend - and have released a 36-hour weather warning.

The yellow warning will come into affect for Cumbria, plus parts of Northumberland, Lancashire and Yorkshire, from midday on Friday and will expire just before midnight on Saturday night.

A spokesman from the Met Office 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 about 24 hours.

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

The forecaster added the heavy rain could bring transport disruption as a result of flooding.

"There is a small chance that some communities could become cut off by flooded roads.

"There is a also slight chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, as well as a chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses," the spokesman continued.