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Britons have been warned to brace for more rain and flooding as the Met Office has issued a four-day storm warning after the UK was battered with almost a month’s worth of rain in a day yesterday. 

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for thunderstorms and heavy rain in England and Scotland from Monday to Thursday, possibly causing more flooding and transport disruption.

The new warnings come as homes, roads and Tube stations were flooded in the south of England, with a flooded hospital cancelling all surgery and outpatient appointments on Monday due to the heavy rain.

The basement at Whipps Cross Hospital in east London was flooded, causing damage to the electrical system and a loss of power.

A major incident was called across Barts Health NHS Trust, with staff moving around 100 inpatients from affected wards, including to other hospitals within the Barts Health group.

Ambulances are currently being diverted to other hospital emergency departments to relieve the pressure on Whipps Cross.

The emergency department at the hospital remains open for walk-ins but patients requiring urgent treatment are asked to attend alternative hospitals where possible.

Newham Hospital is now fully operational after also being affected by flooding. 

Monday's yellow thunderstorm warning

Monday's yellow thunderstorm warning

Tuesday's yellow thunderstorm warnings

Tuesday's yellow thunderstorm warnings

A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of Kent and Sussex between 10am and 5pm on Monday (left) while another yellow storm warning has been issued across much of Wales, northern and central England between 9am on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday (right)

Wednesday's yellow storm and rain warnings

Wednesday's yellow storm and rain warnings

Thursday's yellow rain warning

Thursday's yellow rain warning

The heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop on Tuesday and will last well into the night across north Wales and north-west England in particular (left). Meanwhile, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for most of Scotland for 12 hours from noon on Tuesday, while yellow rain warnings also follow for all of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday morning (right)

Flooding forced Whipps Cross Hospital to cancel surgeries and appointments after some departments lost power during the thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. Pictured: A fire engine is seen outside the main entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital today

Flooding forced Whipps Cross Hospital to cancel surgeries and appointments after some departments lost power during the thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. Pictured: A fire engine is seen outside the main entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital today

Flooding forced Whipps Cross Hospital to cancel surgeries and appointments after some departments lost power during the thunderstorms yesterday afternoon. Pictured: A fire engine is seen outside the main entrance to Whipps Cross Hospital today

Barts Health NHS Trust said patients are being transferred from the affected departments to other hospitals within the trust

Barts Health NHS Trust said patients are being transferred from the affected departments to other hospitals within the trust

Barts Health NHS Trust said patients are being transferred from the affected departments to other hospitals within the trust

The family worked to protect as much as possible in Nicola Thorogood's childhood home which was flooded during the family's first get-together in 18 months

The family worked to protect as much as possible in Nicola Thorogood's childhood home which was flooded during the family's first get-together in 18 months

Nicola Thorogood's father surveys the damage at their home in Walthamstow

Nicola Thorogood's father surveys the damage at their home in Walthamstow

Near Whipps Cross Hospital, one family’s home, where they have lived for 34 years, was flooded during their first get-together in 18 months and family member Nicola Thorogood has described the experience as ‘heartbreaking’ for her parents

A spokeswoman for Barts Health NHS Trust said: ‘We are continuing to experience operational issues at Whipps Cross Hospital due to the heavy rainfall yesterday.

‘We cancelled all planned surgery and outpatient appointments for today, and are diverting ambulances while we work hard to clean up affected areas of the hospital.

‘We are keeping the situation under constant review and will post updates about services as necessary.

‘Meanwhile, we cleaned all areas affected by the flooding at Newham Hospital yesterday and its emergency department is now open to people needing emergency care.

‘We are working closely with other hospitals across the Barts Health group to maintain patient care and asking the public to check the latest visiting arrangements for each hospital on our website before coming to any site.’

The wettest part of the country on Sunday was St James’s Park in London, where 41.8mm of rain fell. The average rainfall for July in London is 45mm, meaning almost a month’s worth of rain fell in one 24-hour period.

The daily rainfall value of 41.8mm recorded at St James’s park is that weather station’s second-wettest July day on record.

A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for parts of Kent and Sussex between 10am and 5pm on Monday while another yellow storm warning has been issued across much of Wales, northern and central England between 9am on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday.  

The heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop on Tuesday and will last well into the night across north Wales and north-west England in particular.      

Meanwhile, a yellow thunderstorm warning is in place for most of Scotland for 12 hours from noon on Tuesday, while yellow rain warnings also follow for all of Wednesday and the early hours of Thursday morning.  

Floodwater begins to subside in Battersea, London, today leaving mud covered roads and a car which was abandoned

Floodwater begins to subside in Battersea, London, today leaving mud covered roads and a car which was abandoned

Floodwater begins to subside in Battersea, London, today leaving mud covered roads and a car which was abandoned

Pictured: A car is left covered in mud and debris today one day after being stuck in floodwater in Battersea, London

Pictured: A car is left covered in mud and debris today one day after being stuck in floodwater in Battersea, London

Pictured: A car is left covered in mud and debris today one day after being stuck in floodwater in Battersea, London

Police wade through deep flood water to assist a van driver whose vehicle is submerged in Chigwell Road, London, today

Police wade through deep flood water to assist a van driver whose vehicle is submerged in Chigwell Road, London, today

Police wade through deep flood water to assist a van driver whose vehicle is submerged in Chigwell Road, London, today

A London taxi drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London today after thunderstorms

A London taxi drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London today after thunderstorms

A London taxi drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London today after thunderstorms

Under water: The subway at South Woodford Station, pictured today, has flooded after heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon

Under water: The subway at South Woodford Station, pictured today, has flooded after heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon

Under water: The subway at South Woodford Station, pictured today, has flooded after heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon 

London Fire Brigade crews had to come to the rescue after two cars became stranded in flood water at Worcester Park today

London Fire Brigade crews had to come to the rescue after two cars became stranded in flood water at Worcester Park today

London Fire Brigade crews had to come to the rescue after two cars became stranded in flood water at Worcester Park today

‘Heartbreaking’: Family home of 34 years is hit by floods amid torrential rain as they enjoyed their post-coronavirus reunion 

A family's home has been flooded after heavy rain in London

A family's home has been flooded after heavy rain in London

A family’s home has been flooded after heavy rain in London

A woman whose childhood home was flooded during the family’s first get-together in 18 months has described the experience as ‘heartbreaking’ for her parents.

Nicola Thorogood, 33, was at her parents’ house in Walthamstow, east London, along with her two sisters, their partners and all their children when torrential rain hit the area on Sunday.

The family made a frantic attempt to keep the water out of the home they moved into in 1987, but in the end they gave up and put their efforts into trying to save as many belongings as possible.

‘It’s heartbreaking for my parents,’ Ms Thorogood said.

‘It’s just knowing what they’ve put into it – they’re in their mid-60s now, but they’re still working – and they’ve worked so hard all their life to have that house and it’s the thing they’re most proud of and want to pass on to us eventually. It’s that that breaks my heart.’

The house is about a 10-minute walk from Whipps Cross Hospital, which declared a major incident on Sunday.

Ms Thorogood’s family were all together on Sunday for the first time since January 2020 after so-called Freedom Day.

Her older sister left with her children shortly after 3pm as the weather started to worsen, and soon after the rest of the family were using buckets to try to sweep water away from the front step, and build makeshift flood defences using bin bags and soil.

When it became clear they could not stop the water, they instead tried to save as many belongings as they could.

Ms Thorogood said: ‘We took what we could upstairs, obviously anything like sentimental photos and things like that. Then we retreated upstairs to my parents’ room and just watched the rain fall and the flood come in.’

‘My mum was close to tears,’ Ms Thorogood said. ‘She kept saying, ‘nobody’s hurt’ and ‘there’s worse things could happen’ but you could see the pain on her face.

‘My mum’s very house proud – she’s always cleaning and she’s always decorating and she keeps it to a nice standard.’ 

By Monday morning the water had receded and her parents were beginning to clean up.

‘They stayed because mum just didn’t want to leave,’ Ms Thorogood, who lives in Chingford, said.

‘I spoke to her this morning and she said the water’s gone, but it’s like a warzone, and they don’t know where to start.

‘I’m hoping she’ll come and stay here for a few days… they can’t stay there, at the moment they have no power, they don’t know if it’s safe to put it back on.

‘So it’s just a bit of a waiting game.’

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The Met Office said thunderstorms occur when there is warm air on the surface that is underneath cooler air above it.

The warm air rises and creates instability which can create quite heavy downpours of rain and hail, as well as creating the conditions for thunder and lightning.

A Met Office spokesman said: ‘Going forward, there’s some more thunderstorms and intense downpours in the forecast, with a yellow weather warning for thunderstorms currently active until 5pm today in the far South East.

‘The current dominant weather pattern of the UK is set to be a spell of low pressure, bringing with it some more persistent rain from Tuesday and into Wednesday, with some slow moving heavy rain expected over Scotland on Wednesday in particular.’

The spokesman said an official study would have to be completed before any connections to the weekend’s weather can be linked to climate change, but added that the science indicates that warmer air can hold more water, so rainfall is increasing on average across the world.

‘In some places, rainfall is becoming more intense as well. Heavy rainfall is also more likely.

‘Since 1998, the UK has seen seven of the 10 wettest years on record. The winter storms in 2015 were at least 40% more likely because of climate change,’ he said.

Four stations remain closed, although only Stepney Green is due to flooding, but there’s good service across most train and tube services. Three others – Chancery Lane, Southwark and Temple – are closed due to staff shortages. 

Eastbound Metropolitan line trains are not stopping at Liverpool Street and step-free access is not available due to flooding. 

London Fire Brigade said last night that in total they had more than 600 calls to flood-related incidents including flooding to roads and properties, reports of ceilings collapsing and vehicles stuck in water.

Boris Johnson tweeted his thanks to the emergency services and volunteers after England’s south was battered by thunderstorms.

‘My thoughts are with everyone affected by the flooding in London and the South East,’ the Prime Minister tweeted.

‘A huge thank you to the emergency services and volunteers helping families and businesses through this difficult time.’

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘We are seeing increasing incidents of extreme weather events linked to climate change.

‘This is not the first time in recent weeks that London has been hit by major flooding. Despite having limited powers in the area, it remains a key priority for myself and London’s council leaders that more is done urgently to tackle flooding and the other impacts of climate change.

‘This includes continuing to urge Thames Water to address localised issues with infrastructure that may exacerbate the impact of flooding.’

Downing Street said the Environment Agency would support any councils affected by flooding.

A No 10 spokesman said: ‘The Environment Agency are looking at the situation closely and continue to work with local authorities to ensure that any support they need is provided.’

The spokesman said Boris Johnson agreed with scientists that extreme weather was more likely as a result of global warming, but it was a matter for experts to decide whether individual events were down to the phenomenon.

‘The Prime Minister completely agrees that climate change is going to lead to more extreme weather events, which is why we are doing what we’re doing to try and reduce greenhouse gases,’ the spokesman said.

The Government was pushing for the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow ‘to lead to positive changes to come’.

Pictures from the streets of the capital yesterday evening show fire crews using specialist equipment to rescue drivers from stranded cars.

Flooding in Chigwell today after thunderstorms hit London last night

Flooding in Chigwell today after thunderstorms hit London last night

Flooding in Chigwell today after thunderstorms hit London last night

Pictured: Volunteers inflated a dinghy and carried stranded passengers from a submerged bus in London

Pictured: Volunteers inflated a dinghy and carried stranded passengers from a submerged bus in London

Pictured: Volunteers inflated a dinghy and carried stranded passengers from a submerged bus in London 

Water on the dancefloor

Water on the dancefloor

The damaged dancefloor

The damaged dancefloor

Pictured: Water on the dancefloor at Walthamstow Trades Hall, a members’ club in north-east London, after heavy rain fell on Sunday

Pictured: The A406 Southend Road remained closed into this morning as floodwater submerged both sides of the road

Pictured: The A406 Southend Road remained closed into this morning as floodwater submerged both sides of the road

Pictured: The A406 Southend Road remained closed into this morning as floodwater submerged both sides of the road

New Cross Road became ‘a river’ amid the heavy downpours, and video showed Pudding Lane tube station almost completely submerged. 

Meanwhile, residents in north-east London used buckets, brooms and wooden boards to create makeshift flood defences for their homes, while water gushing from an Underground station was caught on video.

Restaurant manager Mariya Peeva, who lives in Woodford, said her neighbour’s bedroom was flooded, and her son worked with other residents to prevent the rising rainwater from deluging their home.

Ms Peeva, 46, said: ‘My son went to buy some food from the local shop – by the time he came back the whole street and the pavement were already flooded and the water was coming into our front door.’

Londoner Eddie Elliott, 28, said the flooding was the worst he had ever seen it, after he cycled past Queenstown Road station where the road had been ‘totally shut down’.

He said: ‘Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it.

‘It stands out as the worst I’ve experienced personally … totally shut down the whole road with buses stood broken down in the water.’ 

A makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their home from floodwater after heavy rainfall hit London

A makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their home from floodwater after heavy rainfall hit London

A makeshift defence created by residents in Woodford to protect their home from floodwater after heavy rainfall hit London

Residents scramble to stop floodwater from entering their homes after torrential downpours in the capital yesterday

Residents scramble to stop floodwater from entering their homes after torrential downpours in the capital yesterday

Residents scramble to stop floodwater from entering their homes after torrential downpours in the capital yesterday

Homes, roads and Tube stations flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms and battered the south yesterday. Pictured: fire crews use specialist equipment to rescue a stranded driver in Worcester Park

Homes, roads and Tube stations flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms and battered the south yesterday. Pictured: fire crews use specialist equipment to rescue a stranded driver in Worcester Park

Homes, roads and Tube stations flooded while two London hospitals asked patients to stay away after thunderstorms and battered the south yesterday. Pictured: fire crews use specialist equipment to rescue a stranded driver in Worcester Park

The River Roding in East London burst its banks yesterday afternoon after torrential downpours. Pictured: Chigwell Road

The River Roding in East London burst its banks yesterday afternoon after torrential downpours. Pictured: Chigwell Road

The River Roding in East London burst its banks yesterday afternoon after torrential downpours. Pictured: Chigwell Road

Residents attempt to unblock a drain in south Woodford after a junction is submerged in rainwater after torrential downpours

Residents attempt to unblock a drain in south Woodford after a junction is submerged in rainwater after torrential downpours

Residents attempt to unblock a drain in south Woodford after a junction is submerged in rainwater after torrential downpours

London Fire Brigade said they received more than 600 calls to flooding related incidents yesterday including to stranded cars

London Fire Brigade said they received more than 600 calls to flooding related incidents yesterday including to stranded cars

London Fire Brigade said they received more than 600 calls to flooding related incidents yesterday including to stranded cars

Newham Hospital had a similar appeal, writing on its Twitter account: ‘Our Emergency Department has flooded in some areas. We’re still here if you need us but to help us while we fix things please attend a neighbouring hospital if possible. Thank you!’

Standon Calling festival in Hertfordshire was also cancelled due to the floods.

The festival said in a statement: ‘Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.

‘If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible. We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.’ 

The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, but temperatures are set to rise in most places again on Monday as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 78F in London, 77F in Edinburgh, 75F in Cardiff, and 71F in Belfast.

The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day on Monday. 

Pictured: The scene at Pudding Lane Tube station, which is seen above totally submerged under water

Pictured: The scene at Pudding Lane Tube station, which is seen above totally submerged under water

Pictured: The scene at Pudding Lane Tube station, which is seen above totally submerged under water

Canary Wharf business park buildings seen through heavy rainfall as a mass storm passes over the city on Sunday afternoon

Canary Wharf business park buildings seen through heavy rainfall as a mass storm passes over the city on Sunday afternoon

Canary Wharf business park buildings seen through heavy rainfall as a mass storm passes over the city on Sunday afternoon

Lightning strikes near Canary Wharf business park buildings with a bolt appearing to hit Aragon Tower in south east London

Lightning strikes near Canary Wharf business park buildings with a bolt appearing to hit Aragon Tower in south east London

Lightning strikes near Canary Wharf business park buildings with a bolt appearing to hit Aragon Tower in south east London

A yellow warning for storms also covers a wider area of the south from Norwich to Plymouth, and lasts until midnight

A yellow warning for storms also covers a wider area of the south from Norwich to Plymouth, and lasts until midnight

A yellow warning for storms also covers a wider area of the south from Norwich to Plymouth, and lasts until midnight

Police officers stop traffic from driving into flood waters and redirect traffic after severe rain caused flooding in east London

Police officers stop traffic from driving into flood waters and redirect traffic after severe rain caused flooding in east London

Police officers stop traffic from driving into flood waters and redirect traffic after severe rain caused flooding in east London

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for storms covering London and some of the Home Counties

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for storms covering London and some of the Home Counties

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for storms covering London and some of the Home Counties

Met Office rain gauges looking back over six hours saw 34mm of rain at Sandhurst and 32mm at Wych Cross in East Sussex. An Environment Agency rain gauge recorded 52mm of rainfall in an hour just west of Ashford. Pictured: Nine Elms, London

Met Office rain gauges looking back over six hours saw 34mm of rain at Sandhurst and 32mm at Wych Cross in East Sussex. An Environment Agency rain gauge recorded 52mm of rainfall in an hour just west of Ashford. Pictured: Nine Elms, London

Met Office rain gauges looking back over six hours saw 34mm of rain at Sandhurst and 32mm at Wych Cross in East Sussex. An Environment Agency rain gauge recorded 52mm of rainfall in an hour just west of Ashford. Pictured: Nine Elms, London

Rain brought an end to a heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a sunny trip to the coast

Rain brought an end to a heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a sunny trip to the coast

Rain brought an end to a heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a sunny trip to the coast

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon as the area was battered by torrential rain (Pictured: People walking in Wimbledon Common, south west London, shelter from heavy showers under an umbrella)

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon as the area was battered by torrential rain (Pictured: People walking in Wimbledon Common, south west London, shelter from heavy showers under an umbrella)

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon as the area was battered by torrential rain (Pictured: People walking in Wimbledon Common, south west London, shelter from heavy showers under an umbrella) 

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from heavy rain showers which broke the week long heatwave in London

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from heavy rain showers which broke the week long heatwave in London

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from heavy rain showers which broke the week long heatwave in London

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a 'convergence' of air currents, due to warmth in the earth's surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere. Pictured: Nine Elms district, London

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a 'convergence' of air currents, due to warmth in the earth's surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere. Pictured: Nine Elms district, London

 Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a ‘convergence’ of air currents, due to warmth in the earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere. Pictured: Nine Elms district, London

Pictured: London Firefighters look along Chigwell Road in south Woodford which goes under the A406. The Metropolitan Police have declared a 'major incident' in north-east London after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding

Pictured: London Firefighters look along Chigwell Road in south Woodford which goes under the A406. The Metropolitan Police have declared a 'major incident' in north-east London after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding

Pictured: London Firefighters look along Chigwell Road in south Woodford which goes under the A406. The Metropolitan Police have declared a ‘major incident’ in north-east London after heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding

The river Roding appears to have burst its banks close to the Charlie Brown roundabout below the A406 North Circular Road in South Woodford. Police have closed Chigwell Road either side of the roundabout and it remained closed overnight

The river Roding appears to have burst its banks close to the Charlie Brown roundabout below the A406 North Circular Road in South Woodford. Police have closed Chigwell Road either side of the roundabout and it remained closed overnight

The river Roding appears to have burst its banks close to the Charlie Brown roundabout below the A406 North Circular Road in South Woodford. Police have closed Chigwell Road either side of the roundabout and it remained closed overnight

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasey told constituents she could 'share this pain' because her house had also been flooded

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasey told constituents she could 'share this pain' because her house had also been flooded

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasey told constituents she could ‘share this pain’ because her house had also been flooded

A cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London as thunderstorms pelted the capital yesterday

A cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London as thunderstorms pelted the capital yesterday

A cyclist rides through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London as thunderstorms pelted the capital yesterday

A woman walks through Parliament Square as heavy rain sweeps through central London during torrential rain yesterday

A woman walks through Parliament Square as heavy rain sweeps through central London during torrential rain yesterday

A woman walks through Parliament Square as heavy rain sweeps through central London during torrential rain yesterday

A toilet overflows on Pudding Lane, London, as the capital's infrastructure struggles to cope with the flooding

A toilet overflows on Pudding Lane, London, as the capital's infrastructure struggles to cope with the flooding

A toilet overflows on Pudding Lane, London, as the capital’s infrastructure struggles to cope with the flooding

Battersea, London, flooded from the rain. It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday

Battersea, London, flooded from the rain. It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday

Battersea, London, flooded from the rain. It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours. Pictured: a flooded street in Battersea

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours. Pictured: a flooded street in Battersea

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours. Pictured: a flooded street in Battersea

Wood Green High Street, in East London, taped off to the public as a result of flash flooding following heavy downpours

Wood Green High Street, in East London, taped off to the public as a result of flash flooding following heavy downpours

Wood Green High Street, in East London, taped off to the public as a result of flash flooding following heavy downpours

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon. Pictured: Wood Green high street

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon. Pictured: Wood Green high street

Parts of south east England saw up to 50mm of rain in just an hour on Sunday afternoon. Pictured: Wood Green high street

Wood Green High Street in the aftermath of flash flooding. The heavy downpours are also expected to continue

Wood Green High Street in the aftermath of flash flooding. The heavy downpours are also expected to continue

Wood Green High Street in the aftermath of flash flooding. The heavy downpours are also expected to continue

A torrential downpour in East London.Leytonstone High Street in East London flooded after a torrential downpour

A torrential downpour in East London.Leytonstone High Street in East London flooded after a torrential downpour

A torrential downpour in East London.Leytonstone High Street in East London flooded after a torrential downpour

Residents and business owners get creative as they try to protect their properties from flooding in Leytonstone High Street

Residents and business owners get creative as they try to protect their properties from flooding in Leytonstone High Street

Residents and business owners get creative as they try to protect their properties from flooding in Leytonstone High Street 

Pedestrians sheltering underneath umbrellas in Wimbledon Village. The great British summer getaway began on Friday

Pedestrians sheltering underneath umbrellas in Wimbledon Village. The great British summer getaway began on Friday

Pedestrians sheltering underneath umbrellas in Wimbledon Village. The great British summer getaway began on Friday

Jamie Curtis said the roads near Clapham Common were blocked due to floodwater which was ’12 to 18 inches deep’.

‘(I’ve) not seen that level of flooding in London before,’ he said.

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy told constituents she could feel their pain – because her house was flooded too. 

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a ‘convergence’ of air currents, due to warmth in the earth’s surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere.

It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday morning, forcing residents to leave.

Neighbours heard an ‘enormous bang’ as the strike set two homes ablaze on Mercia Avenue, and a 70-year-old woman was assessed by paramedics.

Kingston Police, who oversee a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to ‘drive carefully’ and remember they are ‘not driving a submarine’. 

The force said in a tweet: ‘Please remember to drive carefully. Also remember that you’re not driving a submarine. Do not enter what could possibly be deep water. Watch your speed and distance as stopping distances will be greater.’

River water levels rose yesterday after downpours. Pictured: A burst water pipe next to Hammersmith Bridge, in West London

River water levels rose yesterday after downpours. Pictured: A burst water pipe next to Hammersmith Bridge, in West London

River water levels rose yesterday after downpours. Pictured: A burst water pipe next to Hammersmith Bridge, in West London 

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday

Handout photo of in buses in flood water in Battersea, south London, after heavy rainfall hit the capital

Handout photo of in buses in flood water in Battersea, south London, after heavy rainfall hit the capital

Handout photo of in buses in flood water in Battersea, south London, after heavy rainfall hit the capital

Man walks through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London. Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the south east

Man walks through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London. Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the south east

Man walks through flood water in Horse Guards Road in central London. Thunderstorms brought heavy rain to the south east

Pictured: A pedestrian crosses through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London during heavy rain

Pictured: A pedestrian crosses through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London during heavy rain

Pictured: A pedestrian crosses through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London during heavy rain

A woman walks through a flooded path in St James's Park in central London. Kingston Police, who oversee a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to 'drive carefully' and remember they are 'not driving a submarine'

A woman walks through a flooded path in St James's Park in central London. Kingston Police, who oversee a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to 'drive carefully' and remember they are 'not driving a submarine'

A woman walks through a flooded path in St James’s Park in central London. Kingston Police, who oversee a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to ‘drive carefully’ and remember they are ‘not driving a submarine’

A car drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district on London following hours of heavy rain in the capital

A car drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district on London following hours of heavy rain in the capital

A car drives through water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district on London following hours of heavy rain in the capital

Two people shelter under the same umbrella as they walk through the grass at Wimbledon Common on the rainy Sunday

Two people shelter under the same umbrella as they walk through the grass at Wimbledon Common on the rainy Sunday

Two people shelter under the same umbrella as they walk through the grass at Wimbledon Common on the rainy Sunday

One park-goer in Wimbledon shelters herself from the rain while a friend stands nearby while they walk through the Common

One park-goer in Wimbledon shelters herself from the rain while a friend stands nearby while they walk through the Common

One park-goer in Wimbledon shelters herself from the rain while a friend stands nearby while they walk through the Common

Rain bounces off the pavements in central London as people shelter under umbrellas as the capital was battered with rain

Rain bounces off the pavements in central London as people shelter under umbrellas as the capital was battered with rain

Rain bounces off the pavements in central London as people shelter under umbrellas as the capital was battered with rain

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from the rain during heavy showers which broke a week-long heatwave

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from the rain during heavy showers which broke a week-long heatwave

Two friends in summer dresses shelter themselves from the rain during heavy showers which broke a week-long heatwave

Heavy rain pounds the streets in Soho, London. The capital city saw flash flooding as a result of extremely heavy downpours

Heavy rain pounds the streets in Soho, London. The capital city saw flash flooding as a result of extremely heavy downpours

Heavy rain pounds the streets in Soho, London. The capital city saw flash flooding as a result of extremely heavy downpours

Two people cosy up under an umbrella walking in Wimbledon Village during the heavy rain showers on Sunday afternoon

Two people cosy up under an umbrella walking in Wimbledon Village during the heavy rain showers on Sunday afternoon

Two people cosy up under an umbrella walking in Wimbledon Village during the heavy rain showers on Sunday afternoon 

 

Thunderstorms brought torrential downpours and localised flooding to parts of the south east on Sunday

Thunderstorms brought torrential downpours and localised flooding to parts of the south east on Sunday

Thunderstorms brought torrential downpours and localised flooding to parts of the south east on Sunday

The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a dry, sunny trip to the coast.

The rest of the country was forecast to experience a cloudy, more settled end to the week with sunshine expected in Scotland.

Temperatures are set to rise in most places again today as the storms clear, with the mercury predicted to reach 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.

The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day.   

Last week Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend. 

Traffic navigates through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday during heavy rain

Traffic navigates through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday during heavy rain

Traffic navigates through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday during heavy rain

A car drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms during the torrential downpour

A car drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms during the torrential downpour

A car drives through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms during the torrential downpour 

A cyclist wades through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday

A cyclist wades through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday

A cyclist wades through deep water on a flooded road in The Nine Elms district of London on Sunday

The great British summer getaway began on Friday as the heatwave continued — with around 400,000 tourists heading to packed airports over the weekend and up to 2.3 million drivers set to hit the roads as the school holidays kicked off.

The UK enjoyed another blast of heat on Friday before the torrential rain was forecast to set in, causing flooding, travel disruption and could even leave some areas ‘cut off’ this weekend as a month and a half’s worth of rain was set to fall in just a few hours.   

There was a warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for southern England and South Wales from 8pm Friday and over the next two days with up to 2in (50mm) of rain expected within just a few hours. 

Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening with no masks or social distancing as tightly packed crowds of people danced along to upbeat music.

Pictured: Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening

Pictured: Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening

Pictured: Latitude festivalgoers got to enjoy sets by Rudimental, Sea Girls, Nadia Rose and Kawala on Saturday evening

Thousands of revellers enjoying the first full-capacity festival since Covid-19 missed the rain for much of the afternoon

Thousands of revellers enjoying the first full-capacity festival since Covid-19 missed the rain for much of the afternoon

Thousands of revellers enjoying the first full-capacity festival since Covid-19 missed the rain for much of the afternoon

The heatwave which much of the UK enjoyed for the past week came to an end, as rain descended on the south of England

The heatwave which much of the UK enjoyed for the past week came to an end, as rain descended on the south of England

The heatwave which much of the UK enjoyed for the past week came to an end, as rain descended on the south of England

The four-day festival, which is part of the Government's Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people. Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the Henham Park site in Suffolk

The four-day festival, which is part of the Government's Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people. Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the Henham Park site in Suffolk

The four-day festival, which is part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people. Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the Henham Park site in Suffolk

Earlier this week, Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend

Earlier this week, Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend

Earlier this week, Britons heading on staycations to campsites and caravan parks along the south coast were warned over incoming storms, hail and 55mph winds which were set to hit England on Friday evening and last throughout the weekend

The four-day festival, which is part of the Government’s Events Research Programme, is being attended by 40,000 people.  

Festivalgoers must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or be double vaccinated to access the site at Henham Park in Suffolk which also boasts its own pop-up vaccination clinic.

Photographs show revellers taking a zen moment with a spot of yoga or a quick dip in the lake in between drinks and musical acts. For those who love comedy, a tent dedicated to British and Irish-based comics featured Kerry Godliman and Katherine Ryan. 

Headliners The Chemical Brothers, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club were booked to perform at the event. 

But the Standon Calling music festival was called off due to flooding.

The festival, which had been taking place in Hertfordshire, had a capacity of 15,000.

The Met Office had issued an amber warning for storms in the home counties on Sunday.

Eart Herts Police said in a statement: ‘Due to serious flooding, promoters of the @StandonCalling music festival have sadly cancelled this year’s event.

‘We are working with the promoters to assist people with getting home safely or making other arrangements.’

Pictures of the festival on social media appeared to show large quantities of water and mud around the stages.

Standon Calling said on Twitter: ‘Unfortunately due to flooding we will no longer be able to proceed with the festival.

‘If you can safely leave the site this evening please do so as soon as possible.

‘We are working on getting everyone off site as safely and quickly as possible.’

The festival said it expected ‘considerable delays’ leaving the site and warned festivalgoers not to drive if intoxicated.

Ticket holders can return today to collect their belongings, the festival added.

Primal Scream, Craig David, De La Soul and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the acts scheduled to play on Sunday.

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