FLOOD warnings have been issued across the UK after some areas saw a month’s worth of rainfall in just one day.
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Heavy rain caused roads to flood in Ingatestone, EssexCredit: Stephen Huntley/HVC
Heavy downpours batter people out in London
Treacherous driving conditions on the A14 near CambridgeCredit: Bav Media
Racegoers wear ponchos to shield themselves from the rain as they arrive at Royal AscotCredit: PA
The Environment Agency has issued 26 flood alerts in several parts of south and central England, including in London, Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire and the West Midlands.
Royal Ascot racegoers were left drenched on Friday as Britain was hit by lightning and flash floods.
Parts of southeast England were particularly badly hit, with some areas seeing 28 day’s worth of rainfall less than 24 hours.
Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire were all battered with showers, and there are more to come.
Otterbourne in Hampshire was most severely hit, with 68mm falling between 11pm Thursday and 5pm Friday.
Meanwhile, Dancers End in Hertfordshire, Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire, Toddington in Bedfordshire and southern Farnborough in Hampshire, were all pounded with 57mm to 65mm in the same period.
Flood alerts cover many parts of EnglandCredit: ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
More than a month’s rainfall fell in just 24 hours in many parts of the UKCredit: MET OFFICE
In June, the entire UK averages 10 days of rain, totalling 62mm.
The flood alerts warn “flooding is possible” and Brits are urged to “be prepared” for surface water, road and garden flooding.
Motorists are also being warned not to plough through flood water, with the Environment Agency reminding drivers that just 1ft (30cm) of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.
Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to “lots of standing water” on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.
On top of the wet weather, temperatures have dropped across the UK following sweltering conditions earlier this week.
The mercury will struggle to reach above 20C in London today, while there will be highs of 18C in Cardiff and 16C in Edinburgh.
A group of friends walk in the rain through Hyde Park, central LondonCredit: LNP
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A car driving through floodwater in Godalming in SurreyCredit: Alamy
A festivalgoer arrives at a wet Download Festival at Donington Park in LeicestershireCredit: PA
Visitors on the beach in Bournemouth, Dorset, on a cool and cloudy dayCredit: ©Graham Hunt
Saturday will be a “mostly dry day” with some showers affecting northwestern parts.
But outbreaks of rain will reach southern England later, with “some heavy with a risk of thunder”.
Things will turn even wetter tonight, with “heavy and thundery” downpours.
‘SUMMER’S ON PAUSE’
Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “By the end of Saturday, further thunderstorms will drift from France to southern parts of the UK, and it’s the rain or showers from those storms that will affect many places on Saturday night and into much of Sunday.
“There is a risk of some lively weather, some heavy rainfall in places.”
And forecasters at Netweather said: “Summer’s certainly on pause at the moment, after heavy rain in the East and South yesterday.
“Today we’re between weather systems bringing somewhat of an improvement before the South sees yet another continental depression bringing more heavy rain from France later today.
“Thundery showers in the south will continue to move north into central England and Wales during the evening, although many northern areas of Britain will be dry with clear intervals.
“It’ll turn chilly in places, with temperatures down to single figures in the coldest spots.”
This will continue into tomorrow, with the weather particularly wet for norther Scotland and northern Ireland.
It is looking a little cooler as well, with top Sunday temperatures of 20C in London, 18C in Exeter, and 17C in Manchester and Glasgow.
The seafront packed with visitors wearing coats and jumpers in Bournemouth, DorsetCredit: ©Graham Hunt