A MET Office yellow warning for heavy and persistent rain will remain in place across Cumbria until 6am tomorrow.

The warning - applying to almost the whole of the county - has been issued the day after some parts of Cumbria saw spells of intense heavy rain, with just over 30mm falling at Honister Pass in the Lake District over the 12 hours until 8am this morning.

At Shap, over the same period, just over 12mm of rain fell, while Seathwaite saw 24.8mm of rain.

In Carlisle, again over the same 12 hour period, just under 4mm of rain fell.

Nicola Maxey, from the Met Office, said Saturday is likely to see a continuation of this showery weather, interspersed with dry spells.

"It looks like there will be a brighter start to Sunday," she said.

"But it will be cold and showery; and some showers will fall as sleet or snow over the hills.

"This weather system will quickly push north-east, bringing the chance of gales potentially and some snow over the higher ground."

She said the expected weekend rain will fall on already saturated ground - with as much as 30mm to 40mm expected in some places.

This means there could in some places be a flooding impact.

The showers could turn to snow on areas higher than 200m.

Added to this could be gale force wind gust - of up to 60 or 70mph - in high and exposed areas.

The Met Office's website is warning of the potential weather hazards to those planning to be out and about in the Lake District over the weekend.

Strong winds can create a severe and debilitating wind chill, many degrees below the actual temperature. This is intensified by rain or wet snow. "Without protection, prolonged exposure could result in frost nip or frostbite on exposed parts of the body and hypothermia."

* The rainfall measurements at Honister Pass and Seathwaite were gathered by the Environment Agency.