Brits are battling “treacherous” floods with intense leaving drivers stranded – as more is set to come across the UK. Yellow weat
Brits are battling “treacherous” floods with intense leaving drivers stranded – as more is set to come across the UK.
Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place until 3pm this afternoon for the North East coast of England and South West Scotland.
Within that area a smaller amber weather warning – the second highest level of severity – for rain is in place covering the Scottish border in the South East.
Olli Claydon, a Met Office spokesman, said the rainfall will be intense today, but will slightly weaken before picking up again.
He told The Sun Online: “Tomorrow morning a separate band of rain will come in form the South West overnight.
“More distant rain but nothing on the level of intensity that we’ve seen this week. Similarly it will weaken as it goes across the UK as we will see scattered showers throughout.”
He said by Saturday things will still be grey.
Mr Claydon added: “There will be cold notherly winds under cloud and rain by Saturday afternoon.
“We will see a continuation of showers as the West coast will get wet and the East cost will stay dry.”
Scatters showers will bring 5 to 10 millimetres of rain in some places – nothing compared to how Chillingham in Northumberland saw 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period.
Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm fall over a period of 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire saw 30mm fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank in Worcestershire.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall warned that the wet weather would continue to blight parts of the country on Thursday.
He said: “As this system pushes up from the South East through the course of the night, it will re-intensify and continue through much of Thursday.”
A Met Office amber warning – the second highest level of severity – tells of train and bus cancellations due to the intense downpours.
As much as 4in will fall in the area – the equivalent of nearly two months’ worth of rain.
Weather forecasters also warn that road closures will see communities completely cut off due to floods.
And power cuts in the worst affected areas are likely, the Met Office said.
The Met Office tweeted: “Amber and yellow warnings are in force for Thursday morning, so conditions on the roads will be treacherous for some with surface water flooding and intense rainfall.”
The Met Office said Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 1cm of rainfall in the space of an hour on Thursday morning.
The village had seen 73mm of rainfall over a 28-hour period – more than the 66.4mm average for the whole of June.
More than 90 flood warnings and alerts were in place across England.
Torrential rain saw flooding hit parts of the Midlands on late last night, with some properties and roads inundated.
A number of people needed rescuing from cars caught in floodwater in Nottingham and Warwickshire as the inclement weather moved across the country.
But things are looking up next week as a heatwave is predicted to hit the UK, with temperatures soaring into the mid 20s.
Met Office meteorologist Dean Hall told The Sun Online: “After the wet weather we’ve had in early June, things will gradually start to improve next week.
“We will see an upward trend in temperature, reaching into the low-mid 20s.
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“There will still be a risk of showers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north and northwest of England, but the south and southeast will be drier and much more settled.
“There’s always a risk of thundery plumes at this time of year, but there’s no strong indication we’ll see anything like that at this stage.
“Into July there will be a continuation of the increasingly settled weather and above average temperatures, although there will remain a split between the north west and south east.”
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