Britain faces a washout with a month’s worth of rain set to fall TODAY

Summer’s on hold! Britain faces a washout with a month’s worth of rain set to fall TODAY with torrential downpours and gales blighting the rest of the week

  • Met Office issuing severe yellow warning for rain affecting eastern parts of England from Monday to Thursday
  • Commuters across a swathe of eastern England were told to prepare for treacherous conditions this morning
  • From 4am today, southern and south-eastern areas of England will see heavy rainfall fall right until midnight
  • Another warning in place from 12am on Tuesday to 12pm on Thursday affecting East Midlands and north east 

Britain faces a washout today when a month’s worth of rain could fall in just one day, with torrential downpours and gales expected to blight the start of summer.

Experts at the Met Office have issued four severe weather warnings for rain starting at 4am today and not relenting until Thursday.

Commuters across a swathe of eastern England have been told to prepare for treacherous conditions, with risks of train cancellations and hazardous roads.

Showers are also due to fall on London today, which could result in small-scale flooding and travel delays.

By tomorrow, thundery showers will move northwards to cover large swathes of the East Midlands and beyond to Sheffield, Leeds, York and Newcastle, until they die off mid-Thursday.

Areas of higher ground will get nearly two-and-a-half inches of rain in only 12 hours, with 40mph winds battering the East coast. The average rainfall for the whole of June in eastern England is just over two inches. 

Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the UK would feel ‘unseasonably cool’ this week, with ‘no strong sign of dry and settled weather’ on the horizon.

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Britain faces a washout today when a month’s worth of rain could fall in just one day, with torrential downpours and gales expected to blight the start of summer

Festival-goers wear their waterproof as they wade through the mud at Heaton Park in  Manchester yesterday. The event comes as the Met Office issues four severe weather warnings for rain


Social media users reacted this morning as they woke to find heavy rain blighting much of the south and east. Showers are due to fall on London today, which could result in small-scale flooding and travel delays

The Met Office has issued four severe weather warnings for rain starting at 4am on Monday until midday on Thursday

‘There’s a band of rain getting going today; tomorrow the South East will see some heavy showers, up to 60mm if you are really unlucky. Elsewhere, there is sunshine and showers, but the band of rain will move its way very slowly north.

‘The rain will fade away a little tomorrow before strengthening again on Wednesday, with more heavy showers forecast across the East Midlands and North East until at least Thursday.

‘There will also be some pretty strong winds, potential gales, up the East coast, so it will feel really chilly. The best places to be will be Northern Ireland and Scotland, which will be quite warm and dry.’ Even areas not covered by the weather warnings will experience significant showers.

Forecasters are warning drivers to expect spray flooding and closures on the roads this week, with a small chance of more remote, rural communities being totally cut off by floods.

They say there is also a small chance that homes and businesses in eastern areas could suffer flooding and residents should have contingency plans in place. 

On Tuesday thundery showers will move northwards to cover large swathes of the East Midlands and beyond to Sheffield, Leeds, York and Newcastle, until they die off mid-Thursday. 

Even areas not covered by the weather warnings will still experience showers, but it will be Northern Ireland the north west of Scotland that get the sunniest spells next week.  

Forecasters are warning drivers of spray flooding and closures on the roads next week, with a small chance of more remote, rural communities being totally cut off by floods. 

They say there is also a small chance that homes and businesses in eastern areas could suffer flooding and residents should have contingency plans in place.

Festival-goers brave the rain at Parklife festival in Manchester yesterday as the Met Office issues flood warnings, with rain expected to hit the country at 4am on Monday

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