Commuters face fresh chaos as Met Office issues weather warnings
Commuters face fresh chaos as Met Office issues weather warnings with map showing where rain and flooding will hit today
- Two yellow weather warnings are in place today with flooding expected
Commuters are facing fresh chaos this morning as more torrential downpours are expected across Britain today with flood warnings remaining in place for parts of the country after thunderstorms yesterday left homes and roads underwater.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for today and Wednesday, after more than a month’s worth of rain fell within 24 hours on Sunday – bringing the country’s record breaking heatwave to an end.
The forecaster warned of heavy downpours in Wales and the North of England with travel disruption and flooding expected, with 150-200mm of rain expected to fall over the course of 36 hours in some areas.
The warning has been place from 6am this morning and will remain until 6pm tomorrow evening. The forecaster said: ‘Outbreaks of rain, heavy at times, will affect many parts of the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday. The heaviest and most persistent rainfall during this period is expected to affect the high ground of northwest England, northwest Wales and south Wales.’
Chief Forecaster Steve Willington said: ‘The weekend’s severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, and their associated impacts, have marked a transition between the heat of last week and the more Atlantic-dominated weather in the forecast for the coming week.’
Maps from the Met Office show torrential rain is set to hit part of the country with yellow weather warnings remaining in place for some
Temperatures will remain mild up and down the country ranging from 11C to 19C further south
MANCHESTER: A woman braced torrential downpours this morning and battled with strong winds in Manchester city centre
CAMBRIDGE: Torrential downpours yesterdays brought the end to the long heatwave, seeing people getting soaked
NEWHAVEN: Coastal gales are expected in some parts of the country today as a yellow weather warning remains in place
In the north west coastal gales are expected, with some gusts being as strong as 40-45mph at times
The forecaster warned of heavy downpours in Wales and the North of England with travel disruption and flooding expected
While bright spells are expected in some parts of the south others are at risk of strong coastal gales, with some gusts being up to 40-45mph.
Across the country, 11 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency, including parts of the Humber estuary, River Severn and River Mease.
Later in the week, heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected in places during Thursday and Friday, the Met Office has said.
Deputy Chief Forecaster David Oliver said: ‘Although the forecast contains the potential for further thundery showers later in the week, these are not expected to be of the magnitude of those seen over the weekend, but some localised impacts should be expected.’
Over the weekend, Britons can expect to see a mixture of sunny spells and showery downpours, with temperatures remaining cool.
Britain’s mini heatwave came come crashing to a close as thunderstorms and torrential downpours swept in on the tail end of an Atlantic storm.
Britain is being hit by the remnants of Hurricane Lee, which pounded north-eastern US and Canada with 70mph winds at the weekend.
After temperatures hit 28C (82F) in central London on Saturday, forecasters say we have now seen the ‘last breath’ of summer and are facing a fortnight of topsy-turvy weather.
Shocking footage shows a house (pictured) in Corfe Fullen, Dorset, being struck by lightning in the early hours of this morning before the property becomes engulfed in flames
There was ‘a loud explosion’ and a flash of white light as the £400,000 home suffered a direct hit to the tiled roof
Yesterday a huge clean up operation was underway after monsoon-like conditions hit parts of the South West on Sunday causing flash flooding.
It saw Exeter Airport forced to close its doors – with all flights cancelled – while landslips elsewhere closed roads, including the M5.
Butlin’s holiday park was forced to shut for four days after heavy rainfall caused severe damage when it poured through the ceiling and left rooms under water.
The venue, which can accommodate 7,500 people on its 165-acre site, will remain closed until Friday when repairs can be done.
A Butlin’s spokesperson said: ‘We’ve taken the difficult decision to close due to several important venues being impacted by the weather.’
Shocking footage showed one house in Corfe Fullen, Dorset, being struck by lightning in the early hours of this morning before the property becomes engulfed in flames. There was ‘a loud explosion’ and a flash of white light as the £400,000 home suffered a direct hit to the tiled roof.
Thirty firefighters rushed to the residential area in Corfe Mullen, near Poole, Dorset, at 12.10am today to tackle the blaze which spread to an adjoining home.
The lone female occupants of the two properties, one a young woman and the other middle aged, were awoken by the strike during last night’s thunderstorms.
Six crews battled for two-and-a-half hours to put out the inferno. They remained at the scene for another three hours as a precaution.
Neighbour Warren Windebank, 47, a graphic designer, said: ‘I saw the roof was on fire and did not know if anyone was inside.
‘The door was open so I looked inside but tiles started to fall off the roof and it looked like it was about to collapse so I got out of there.’
Another neighbour said: ‘I was in my lounge and heard a massive explosion sound, which caused me to panic.
‘I rushed outside but there was no sign of a fire, so I went back in my flat. But five minutes later I saw black smoke so I looked out of the window and saw the house on fire.
‘I went outside and saw the front door to the home was open so I shouted ‘is anyone in there’, and a woman said she had come out.’
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