UK weather: Wind gusts of 55mph batter Britain as rain sweep the country

WIND gusts of 55mph will batter Britain as rain sweeps across the country today.

Torrential rain and strong winds are set to bluster Brits – before sweltering 22C sun arrives ahead of the England versus Denmark game tomorrow night.

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People out on Newcastle’s Quayside today in the torrential rainCredit: NNP

A couple are hit by a wave as they walk along the promenade in Dover, Kent

A couple are hit by a wave as they walk along the promenade in Dover, KentCredit: PA

Cars submerged in Godalming in Surrey.

Cars submerged in Godalming in Surrey.Credit: Alamy

Gusts are set to reach up to 55mph as the coastline is battered by intense winds.

But Brits in the south will see temperatures reach highs of 19C today – with some sun peaking through throughout the afternoon.

Heavy rain will mostly be clearing – but it will be persisting across parts of eastern Scotland and northern England.

It will be a day of sunny spells and showers, with the heaviest of these across northeast England.

A woman braves 40 mph winds on the beach at Seaford

A woman braves 40 mph winds on the beach at SeafordCredit: jon santa cruz

It's been a wet and windy one for many

It’s been a wet and windy one for manyCredit: Alamy

Limited visibility as a flight takes off

Limited visibility as a flight takes offCredit: LNP

The forecast comes after Coventry Live said that devastated residents had racked up huge costs thanks to a ‘mini-tornado’ on Sunday.

It tore through a Bedworth street, with evacuated resident Aimee Cotton saying: “It was like a ball (the tornado) I can’t explain it, the noise was like a boom.”

The mum-of-two – whose garden furniture was picked up and smashed into pieces by the tornado – added: “The noise was horrendous.

“We have had storms here before but nothing like this, I have never seen anything like it.”

But, the England football team should face Denmark under dry skies for their Euro 2020 semi-final showdown at Wembley tomorrow, forecasters predict.

The combination of showers and warm temperatures that the UK has experienced in recent days will continue over the week.

A ferry arrives at the Port of Dover in Kent during strong winds

A ferry arrives at the Port of Dover in Kent during strong windsCredit: PA

Gusts around the coast are set to reach 55mph

Gusts around the coast are set to reach 55mph

Greg Dewhurst, a meteorologist, said that tomorrow was still too far away to pinpoint exact details but that morning showers should ease off by kick-off.

“For the UK as a whole (Wednesday) is going to be a day of sunshine and showers through the day, some of the showers could be heavy at times but it looks like the showers tend to fade away in the evening,” he said.

The mercury is expected to hit 21C (69.8F) in the day, dropping to around 18C (64.4F) by match time, but the atmosphere will still be “on the humid side”.

Thursday into Friday looks like there will still be some showers around, but that risk decreases, added Mr Dewhurst.

Temperatures are currently sitting at around 21C (69.8F) – about average for the time of year.

With more torrential rain set to sweep across the UK this week, bookmaker Coral already makes this month odds on, at 1-2, to be the wettest July since records began.

“The bright start to Monday morning will be a distant memory with some of the weather forecast for this week and we are now firmly expecting this month to enter the record books as the wettest July of all time,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead.

Edinburgh hit with serious flooding as thunderstorms and torrential rain batter country

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