Heavy downpours have brought flooding to parts of Britain with a month’s worth of rain still set to fall today.
Flash flooding in towns and villages in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire included scenes of 3ft (1m) deep standing water in parts of Withernsea and numerous incidents across the Grimsby and Immingham areas.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service responded to calls last night from the Bridlington area down to Hull and towns south of the Humber. Social media users posted pictures of stranded cars on the road into Flamborough.
And there is no sign of the weather improving soon, with more rain forecast for the rest of the week. And although conditions should be dry this weekend, temperatures are unlikely to breach 72F (22F) over the next ten days.
One man was well prepared for the rain with an umbrella and coat in London this morning, but he still looked drenched
People walk through London holding umbrellas in the rain today on another miserable day of weather in the summer holidays
Heavy downpours hit the Norfolk seaside resort of Cromer today, with some people still braving the wet and windy seafront
This father and his children are determined to make the most of the summer despite the awful weather in Cromer today
Motorists experience terrible conditions in the rain on the M1 in Bedfordshire as they are advised to leave extra distance
Five people get behind a car to push it after it was stranded on a flooded road into Flamborough in East Yorkshire last night
Melanie Onn, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, shared photographs on Twitter of the waterlogged roads, adding that some were ‘like a river’ and that the water was ‘over my ankles’. She added that local drivers needed to slow down.
Before the worst of the flooding, Grimsby Town’s League Cup football match with Derby County had to be abandoned last night because of the downpours, with the visitors leading 1-0 after 19 minutes at Blundell Park.
As the situation deteriorated, in some streets residents were forced to wade through water several inches deep as police and fire crews responded to calls for help.
Some motorists also caused problems by driving through standing water in residential streets, sending waves towards nearby houses. Police were forced to stop vehicles from passing along some roads.
Railway lines and train stations were also at risk of flooding today, with operator South West Trains warning passengers of ‘heavy and persistent rain drifting southwards into all parts of the route’.
Earlier, Victoria line and Great Northern train services were not stopping at Highbury and Islingtion in North London due to flooding in the ticket hall – but the station has since reopened.
Britain had a wet start to the day across most southern areas with temperatures below the 59F (15C) mark in most parts
A Wizz Air plane lands at London Luton Airport today and nearly disappears in a huge cloud of spray from water on the runway
A man walks through the rain at Regent’s Park in London today as wet weather continues to hit the UK
Melanie Onn, Labour MP for Great Grimsby, shared photographs on Twitter of the waterlogged roads in Lincolnshire
Tourists and local residents shelter from a downpour in Camden Town in North London on a day of bad weather today
Tourists and locals wear ponchos and hold umbrellas as they walk through a wet Camden Town in North London today
Roads in Berkshire and Wiltshire were hit by flooding, and one Thames Valley Police traffic officer said: ‘Even main roads and the M4 aredangerous because of all the surface water, but people are tearing along at 70mph plus.
‘There is standing water on some roads, and you only have to hit that at speed and it’s like running into a lake. The car can aquaplane and you lose control.
‘And on main roads and the motorway, people are driving too close to the car in front and are being blinded by the spray that’s thrown up. It’s like driving in a dense fog.’
Thunderstorms added to the chaos, with residents fleeing a block of flats in Ashford, Kent, after it was set on fire after being struck by lightning. Four fire engines were sent to the building but there were no reported injuries.
A funnel cloud – which is a rotating column of wind extending from the base of a cloud – was spotted brewing in stormy skies above Pontypool in South Wales. BBC forecaster Sue Charles warned it could become a violent tornado if it touched down
Thunderstorms added to the chaos, with residents fleeing flats set on fire after being struck by lightning in Ashford, Kent
Ms Onn shared photographs and said some roads in Grimsby were ‘like a river’ and that the water was ‘over my ankles’
The MP for Great Grimsby said that local drivers needed to slow down in the Lincolnshire area after the flooding
Storm chaser captures rare funnel cloud outside home
A storm chaser was stunned when a rare cloud formation he had wanted to see for years appeared outside his bedroom.
Matt Stansfield, 32, a photographer from Saltash, Cornwall, devotes his spare time to capturing the weather on camera.
He has pictured lightning and blizzards, but his favourite cloud formation – the funnel cloud – had always eluded him.
The funnel cloud spotted over Saltash, Cornwall by 32-year-old storm chaser and professional photographer Matt Stansfield
But yesterday he was shocked to see the formation had appeared through the window and quickly grabbed his camera.
He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to see one, whenever there’s weather I get in the car and drive to capture the storms.
‘To get this out the window at home is quite a surprise, it’s not what you expect to see, especially in your home town.’
Funnel clouds are formed when a rotating column of wind draws in cloud droplets.
This makes a region of intense low pressure visible, but a funnel cloud does not reach the earth’s surface.
At the point it reaches land it becomes a tornado, or if it reaches a body of water it becomes a waterspout.
Red Cross volunteers were at the scene to offer residents ’emotional and welfare support’, and they are likely to now need emergency rehousing. It comes as Kent was battered by heavy rain which flooded a stretch of the M20.
A weather warning for rain is in place for the East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East Anglia and the South East
With forecasts that up to 3.2in (80mm) of rain could fall across parts of the country over the next 24 hours, the Met Office has warned that more flooding of homes and businesses is possible. The August average rainfall for England is 2.7in (69.3mm).
A yellow weather warning for rain is in place for the East Midlands, West Midlands, London, East Anglia and the South East. In some places 0.8in (20mm) to 1.2in (30mm) is predicted to fall within two or three hours.
The Met Office said: ‘An area of heavy rain will sink slowly southwards across the east and south east of England during Wednesday.
‘Some transport routes may be affected by localised flooding, leading to longer journey times. In addition, flooding of homes and businesses is possible. The heaviest of the rain should gradually become confined to the extreme south east of the UK later.’
The Environment Agency has put in place two red flood warnings for the River Leen in Nottinghamshire, meaning flooding is expected.
Several ‘flood alerts’ have also been issued – meaning flooding is possible – for areas including around the North Sea coast at Scarborough in North Yorkshire.
The warnings come three weeks after heavy rain lashed Britain and led to flash flooding in the Cornish coastal village of Coverack, when 50 properties were affected and several people had to be rescued from their homes.
Wish you were there? ‘Lucifer’ heatwave continues in continental Europe with temperatures up to 100F
While Britain shivers through a damp summer, the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave in continental Europe continues as temperatures reach 100F (38C) again today.
While the hot weather is now being confined more to the south east of the continent, cities such as Rome and Dubrovnik are still experiencing searing temperatures.
Wildlifes have been burning across Europe with at least six people believed to have died after the mercury hit 45C (113F) last weekend.
Much of France is experiencing similar weather to Britain today, although the heatwave continues in southern Europe
Holidaymakers in the Spanish islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza faced the hottest summer since records began in the 1950s, with night-time temperatures reaching a stifling 27C (80F).
Following three deaths in Romania and Poland, and a pensioner overcome by flames as farmland burned in Italy, a woman was reportedly swept to her death by a landslide caused by the humid condition.
The victim was in a car when the cascade of mud and water hit near the Alpine ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezzo and could not be resuscitated.
Spanish news bulletins reported that a 51-year-old man had died from the heat in Majorca, which saw baking temperatures of 33C (91F) on Sunday
The weekend also saw 70 firefighters sent from the French mainland to fight a forest fire in Corsica which had been raging for three days.
People cool off in a river in Buzau, Romania, as the ‘Lucifer’ heatwave continues for many parts of continental Europe
Children cool themselves in a fountain in a park in Athens as the summer heatwave hits Greece with 100F temperatures
Victims of flood damage are told to contact insurers
Flood-hit households and businesses are being urged to contact their insurers as soon as possible.
With heavy downpours hitting parts of the country, anyone who suffers flood damage should contact their home or commercial insurer as soon as they can, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) said.
The ABI is advising people to make sure they keep valuable documents, such as contact points for their property insurer and local authority, to hand.
ABI spokesman Malcolm Tarling said: ‘Having your home or business damaged by bad weather can be traumatic and distressing, and insurers will be on hand to help customers recover as soon as possible.’
The ABI advises anyone who suffers flood damage:
- If necessary, arrange temporary emergency repairs to stop any damage getting worse. Tell your insurer and keep any receipts, as this will form part of your claim.
- Do not be in a rush to throw away damaged items, unless they are a danger to health, as these may be able to be repaired or restored. Your insurer can advise about this.
- Only return to your home or business after a flood when it is safe to do so.
- It can take weeks, sometimes longer, for a property to fully dry out so do not be in a rush to redecorate. Your insurer can give you advice.
- If your home is uninhabitable while repairs are being carried out, your insurer will arrange for and pay the cost of any alternative temporary accommodation you may need.
- Commercial polices will cover damage to premises and the stock. Business interruption cover (which may be included or purchased separately) will cover additional trading costs, such as hiring temporary alternative trading premises if necessary.
- Comprehensive motor insurance covers the cost of repairing or replacing vehicles damaged by flooding.