FLOODING has seen drivers trapped in their cars as the UK braces itself for more heavy rain and even hail.
A ‘severe’ weather alert is in place for today warning of heavy downpours that could see 2 inches of rain fall over several hours accompanied by thunder and lightning.
Alamy Live News A couple found themselves trapped by a flash flood in a day of heavy rain across the country
But forecasters are also predicting the return of the summer heatwave that saw Britain basking record temperatures.
A flash flood in Liverpool saw a young couple trapped in their car in a dip in the road by the rising water.
They eventually managed to wade through the waters just as the fire brigade arrived.
More than 40mm (1.57 in) of rain lashed parts of south and east England after moving in from the continent.
Alamy Live News The couple managed to struggle through water as fire fighters arrived at the scene in Liverpool
MET Office Severe weather warnings are in place for the east of the country
West Sussex was worst hit as nearly two inches of rain fell in the village of Herstmonceux – just short of the monthly average.
Elsewhere, more than 20mm (0.78in) of rain battered Charlwood, Surrey, and Shoeburyness, Essex, as the downpours moved north and are forecast to continue into today.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning, saying there is a chance “homes and businesses could be flooded quickly”.
Conditions on the roads will be “difficult” and lead to closures, its forecast says.
Rex Features Visitors shelter from the wet and windy conditions in Weymouth
�BNPS This trio battle the stormy wind and rain at Bournemouth beach today
Swathes of Britain have been hit by downpours
Alamy Live News Morning rain didn’t stop this person working out in public park in Billingham, near Middlesbrough
PA:Press Association Deck chairs stand unused on Boscombe beach in Dorset
�Graham Hunt A family braved the gusty wind and rain on the beach at West Bay in Dorset
GEOFF ROBINSON. Tourists shelter under umbrellas whilst out punting on the River Cam in Cambridge
Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: “The thunderstorms could lead to torrential downpours in places with up to 30mm (1.18in) of rainfall falling in an hour.
“Lightning is quite likely, and for a few unlucky spots, large hail, flash flooding and strong gusty winds, all leading to difficult driving conditions.”
The coming weeks will see temperatures see-saw as warm weather returns and then gives way to cooler spells before we experience a return of the summer heatwave.
Alamy Live News Wet and misty weather covers Glasgow this morning
�BNPS Britain’s coastal resorts have been deserted this weekend