BBC Weather: Flood warnings issued as thunderstorms hit UK
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Record-breaking temperatures gave way over the weekend, leading to sudden downpours in London and parts of the south of England. Videos on social media showed cars driving through deep water and people walking in knee-deep floods, while tube stations were completely flooded in the capital.
Pudding Mill Lane DLR station in Stratford was underwater on Sunday, and Hackney Wick, Newham and Barking were also affected by the downpours.
There were reports of vehicles becoming stranded as water quickly rose to block dozens of roads and affected underground lines.
The fire brigade said it had taken about 300 calls – mostly about flooded basements or roads – in the space of a few hours on Sunday.
The Met Office issued an amber thunderstorm warning, while the Environment Agency issued two flood warnings for areas in London near Beverley Brook in Worcester Park and West Barnes.
Will it rain today?
There are still forecasts for heavy rain, as well as flood warnings in place and a yellow thunderstorm warning from the Met Office for the southwest.
The Met Office is forecasting “scattered heavy showers” for Monday, which will become “more widespread” into Tuesday.
Temperatures on Monday will feel warm, with London reaching highs of 26C.
But rain still poses a threat, with the Met Office forecasting “scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms developing in a few parts of the south, rather more widely across Scotland”.
Into Monday night, heavy rain is expected to start building over Northern Ireland before crawling south, reaching western and southwestern parts.
Into Tuesday, the Met Office said: “Some parts starting fine but showers becoming increasingly widespread, these heavy and thundery in places and perhaps prolonged.”
Six flood warnings remain in place from the Environment Agency on Monday.
These are for:
- Beverley Brook at West Barnes
- Beverley Brook at Worcester Park
- Bumpstead Brook through Steeple Bumpstead to New England
- Monktonmead Brook at St Johns
- The Stour Brook from Haverhill to Sturmer
- Whitwell, Wroxall, Langbridge, Alverstone on the Eastern Yar
As well as these warnings for expected flooding, 18 less severe flood alerts have been issued, many in London.
Residents of the capital have shared their stories from the weekend, saying the roads turned into rivers.
Resident Chris Date tweeted a photo of a bus in Bakers Arms, Walthamstow, saying the flood water was “above the kerb”.
He said: “It’s impossible to walk on the pavement. To get on that bus the water came up to my shins. This is a canal, not a road.”
Cyclist Eddie Elliott, 28, told the Press Association agency he had passed the area near Queenstown Road station to find the road “totally shut down”.
He said: “Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it.”
Mr Elliott said the flooding was the worst he had experienced in the city, and described seeing “buses stood broken down in the water”.
Some roads remain closed because of the flooding, including the Blackwall Tunnel, the A12 and parts of the North Circular. There are long delays on other routes.
All tube stations have now reopened.
A tweet from the Metropolitan Police Special Constabulary warned drivers they should not attempt to drive through floodwater if they find their route blocked.
Transport for London said the latest road information was available on its status updates page.
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