I am rather glad I have just acquired a new brolly! (black on the outside with blue sky and clouds on the inside in case you’re interested)
This article inspired me to delve into the medium range forecast charts and I didn’t exactly get a chesire cat grin from what I saw… For the next 2-3 weeks we will probaby experience much of the same, with ony brief ridges of high pressure. That means occasional half/full days of dry sunny weather followed by another 2 to 3 days of battering rain and downpours. We need the jet stream to move north, and for the meantime I’m afraid its well and truly suckered on top of us like a limpet.
On the plus side – at least our countryside is blooming and bursting in a festoonery of vibrant green!
A man has died after his car came off the road following torrential rain as downpours continue to wreak havoc across Britain with homes flooded, roads closed and trains cancelled.
The man, in his early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on the A68 between Broomley Grange and Healey in Kiln Pit Hill, Northumberland. Motorists in the area were advised to take care after heavy rainfall caused low visibility and standing water on the roads.
There are 76 flood warnings and 142 flood alerts in place in England and Wales, and another 13 flood warnings have been issued in Scotland.
A severe flood warning has been issued for part of south-west England, with river levels continuing to rise amid heavy rain.
The British Red Cross put emergency response teams on standby to help flood-hit communities and urged people to pack their bags so they could be ready to leave their homes at a moment’s notice.
The flooding also led to as many as 30,000 Formula One fans being told to stay away from qualifying day for the British Grand Prix.
The south-west suffered the worst downpours overnight, with the Environment Agency giving the highest grade flood warning to a stretch of the river Yealm in South Hams, Devon, from Cornwood to Yealmpton, meaning there is a "danger to life".
Residents in the Leicestershire village of Sheepy Magna were evacuated from their homes after flooding.
A spokeswoman for the Red Cross said an emergency response team was helping to evacuate 13 houses. "It is believed a number of the residents are vulnerable people. Four volunteers and one 4×4 vehicle have been deployed," she said.
The flooding caused delays and cancellations on the railways, with problems reported in Devon, Hampshire, Manchester, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. National Rail said the heavy rain caused flooding and landslips.
Flooding at Totnes in Devon caused CrossCountry and First Great Western services between Plymouth and Exeter St Davids, both in Devon, to be delayed by up to 60 minutes, and flooding at Sway in Hampshire caused journeys between Bournemouth in Dorset and Brockenhurst in Hampshire to be delayed by up to 60 minutes.
An obstruction on the line near Torre in Devon forced trains between Newton Abbot and Paignton to be cancelled, and replacement road transport was ordered, National Rail said.
Motorists battled with treacherous conditions on the roads, and the M50 motorway in Gloucestershire was partially closed in both directions.
In Northumberland, motorists have been warned to be aware of standing water after a man, 20, died when his car came off a road during torrential rain.
The Met Office said that between the showers on Saturday conditions should be bright, with temperatures reaching 20C.
Forceasters have warned that the washout summer is set to continue with a prolonged spell of hot sunny weather unlikely during the Olympics.
Double the average rain fell last month, with provisional figures from the Met Office showing the UK received 145.3mm (5.7in) in June, beating the previous record of 136.2mm (5.4in) in June 2007. Prolonged rainfall and short but exceptionally heavy showers, followed by freak storms with hailstones the size of golf balls in some areas, left parts of the Midlands, the north-east and Wales submerged.
April was also the wettest April in the records, which date back to 1910. June saw long, prolonged rainfall and short, exceptionally heavy showers, and ended with freak storms which battered areas of the Midlands and the north-east. The exceptional amount of rain caused floods in Wales and parts of England.
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