THE UK is set for a soaking this weekend, with dozens of flood alerts issued across the UK after a month’s rain in one day drenched footy fans.
The heavy rain and lightning that’s battered Britain over the past days is set to continue, with few expected to escape the deluge.
A woman runs through the torrential rain in Hampstead, North London on FridayCredit: JOSHUA BRATT 2021
Motorists are being warned not to plough through flood water, as the heavy rain continuesCredit: Alamy
Festival-goers were snapped arriving at the site of Download Festival, in LeicestershireCredit: PA
Saturday morning is expected to bring dry, but cloudy weather for most, the Met Office reported, before the cloud gives way to rain later on.
However, the sun may peek through the cloud for some, most likely across Northern Ireland, northern England, west Wales, Cornwall, and parts of Scotland.
The Environment Agency has issued 39 flood alerts, in London and surrounding areas, Kent, parts of the Home Counties, the West Midlands and Wiltshire.
The warnings come as parts of the South East are reported to have seen up to a month’s worth of rainfall in one day on Friday.
Hampshire and Buckinghamshire, along with Bedfordshire, have all seen heavy rain over the past 24 hours.
The areas particularly affected were Otterbourne, which saw 67mm of rainfall from 11pm Thursday to 5pm Friday, and Dancers End, Drayton Parslow, Toddington and southern Farnborough, which had rainfall between 65mm and 57mm.
According to the Met Office, temperatures have dropped substantially across the UK following sweltering weather earlier this week.
On Saturday, temperatures will range from highs of 19C (66.2F) in London and Cardiff to 18C (64.4F) in Belfast and 17C (62.6) in Edinburgh.
Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said: “In the South East, there will be rain every day for the next few days, and some places could see up to 80mm (3.2in) on Friday.
Leicester Square was heaving with fans after the Scotland v England match on Friday night
Cheers and singing continued throughout the night
The Environment Agency has issued 39 flood alerts across the UKCredit: Alamy
Royal Ascot racegoers were left soaked today as the country was hit with torrential rainCredit: Alamy
Rain couldn’t dampen this cheerful punter’s spirits, as she managed to match her plastic poncho to her dress
“The heaviest rain will be in places from Hampshire up to Yorkshire, where we are quite likely to see intense rainfall which will clear away tonight.”
Saturday had the potential to be drier in the South, he said, however the deluge is set to return on Sunday and last into next week.
Sunday could be “unsettled” across the South of the UK, with periods of heavy and thundery rain in England.
Motorists are 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.
Royal Ascot racegoers were left soaked on Friday as Britain was hit by lightning and flash floods.
Thousands of racegoers braved the rain – with some donning wellingtons with their beautiful dresses.
Umbrellas became today’s most important accessories, with many matching their protection from the rain to their outfits.
The wet weather continued into the evening – making for a soggy viewing of the Euros clash between England and Scotland on Friday night.
England fans drowned their sorrows as Scots celebrated in the streets, after the old rivals drew 0-0 in their Euro 2020 match.
Buckfast-swigging, kilt-wearing Tartan Army supporters invaded the capital for the nail-biting Auld Enemy match against England – which ended in a draw.
Meanwhile, attendees of Download Festival were said to have a “real sense of euphoria” tonight, despite the rain.
The event, which was being held at Donington Park, is the latest of the Government’s live events pilots, meaning fans do not have to wear masks or socially distance.
Promoter Andy Copping said the festival organisers are “honoured” to be among the first large-scale events to return since the start of the pandemic.
Festival-goers were snapped arriving at the site, in Leicestershire, setting up tents while donning raincoats and waterproof ponchos.
A “plume of thunderstorms” moved into the country from across the English Channel this week, with parts of Kent seeing flash floods and lightning on Wednesday nightCredit: UkNewsinPictures
London, along with the rest of Britain, was battered with heavy rain on Friday
A dedicated dog walker takes her pooch for a stroll through the torrential rain in Hampstead, North LondonCredit: JOSHUA BRATT 2021