UK weather – Commuters told to travel ‘as soon as possible’ as torrential rain and storms sweep in triggering ‘danger to …


COMMUTERS have been told get themselves home immediately as torrential rain which could pose “a risk to life is heading our way.

Brits had already been warned to brace themselves for a month’s worth of rain today as thunderstorms  are set to lash the country for the next three days.

 Heavy rain will hit today and tomorrow - making for a very wet end to May
Heavy rain will hit today and tomorrow – making for a very wet end to May

Great Western Railway, who serve south Wales and southern and western England tweeted: “An amber weather warning for heavy rain showers and thunderstorms means Network Rail will introduce speed restrictions across many parts of the GWR network from 16:00 today to 06:00 tomorrow.

“Ticket restrictions have been lifted, travel as early as possible.”

Arriva Trains Wales also posted on social media: “An amber weather warning is in place across all areas of south and mid Wales from 16:00 today until 06:00 tomorrow.

“Pack an umbrella and please check your journey before you travel.”

 Commuters have been told to get home as soon as possible as torrential rain is due to sweep in from the west. This group were pictured wandering down a rainy seafront in Bournemouth

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Commuters have been told to get home as soon as possible as torrential rain is due to sweep in from the west. This group were pictured wandering down a rainy seafront in Bournemouth
 Cars drive through torrential rain in Chippenham,Wilts., this afternoon as amber weather warnings are issued for the country

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Cars drive through torrential rain in Chippenham,Wilts., this afternoon as amber weather warnings are issued for the country
 Torrential downpours will hit parts of the UK today and tomorrow - causing flash flooding
Torrential downpours will hit parts of the UK today and tomorrow – causing flash flooding
 Inches of rain are expected to hit the UK today - including Bath today

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Inches of rain are expected to hit the UK today – including Bath today

More than three inches of rain are expected to fall in just a matter of hours today sparking fears of flash floods and overflowing rivers.

It has prompted forecasters to put amber-graded weather warnings for torrential downpours in place for the next two days, with thunderstorms expected until 9pm on Saturday.

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Dozens of flood alerts are already in place across the South East with the Met Office warning homes and businesses could be damaged by floodwater and lightning strikes.

The heavy rainfall will outstrip the month’s average in places including Hertford – which generally only sees 60.2mm in May.

Met Office meteorologist Bonnie Diamond told The Sun Online: “There is a risk of torrential rain and downpours that could lead to flash flooding across the southern half of England and much of Wales.

 Brits were hit with torrential rain on the Brighton seafront this morning - with the weather conditions predicted to only worsen

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Brits were hit with torrential rain on the Brighton seafront this morning – with the weather conditions predicted to only worsen
 A lady shelters under an umbrella on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

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A lady shelters under an umbrella on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

“There’s a small probability of 60mm that could lead to flash flooding that could cause difficult driving conditions, road closures and damage to businesses and homes.”

Ms Diamond added: “It’s not impossible that some areas might see their total monthly rainfall in one day but it’s important to remember that all it takes is one very heavy prolonged shower.”

The amber warnings are expected to last into Friday, while a yellow warning for heavy showers, thunderstorms and lightning is expected to last until Saturday night.

A “danger to life” caution is in place for the weekend with homes and businesses in the firing line from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail and strong winds.

 Visitors to the Bath and West Show in Somerset head for cover as torrential rain strikes the region

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Visitors to the Bath and West Show in Somerset head for cover as torrential rain strikes the region
 People shelter under umbrellas as they walk past Dorset's Bournemouth beach

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People shelter under umbrellas as they walk past Dorset’s Bournemouth beach
 People have braved the deluge of rain as they walk through the wet in Bournemouth

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People have braved the deluge of rain as they walk through the wet in Bournemouth
 Many were determined to get to the beach despite the wind and rain

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Many were determined to get to the beach despite the wind and rain
 People walk their dog in the rain on Bournemouth beach in Dorset

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People walk their dog in the rain on Bournemouth beach in Dorset
 A double decker bus drives through the rain across Waterloo Bridge

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A double decker bus drives through the rain across Waterloo Bridge

Homes could also be hit by power cuts today as the wild and wet end to May sets in.

Kate Marks, Environment Agency flood duty manager, said: “Further heavy showers and scattered thunderstorms bring a risk of localised surface water and river flooding on Thursday and Friday.

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“The main risk is for the western counties of England, with urban areas most likely to see the impacts of any flash flooding.”

She said that teams from the agency would work “24/7” to operate flood defences, clear blockages in rivers and streams and supporting partners at any incidents of surface water flooding.

“With heavy rain forecast during rush hour, drivers should stay up to date with the latest weather forecast and travel information before making their journey,” she said.

“We remind people not to drive through flood water as just 30cm can move your car.”

Richard Hancox, duty tactical manager for Natural Resources Wales, asked people to “be alert” for heavy rain in South Wales.

 Torrential rain in Brighton with thunder and lightning also forecast to sweep across the south coast later today

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Torrential rain in Brighton with thunder and lightning also forecast to sweep across the south coast later today
 People in Brighton were left huddled under their umbrellas as the wet weather hit

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People in Brighton were left huddled under their umbrellas as the wet weather hit
 Some people look out into the water, perhaps dreaming of a more sunny day

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Some people look out into the water, perhaps dreaming of a more sunny day

According to the Met thunderstorms will become more widespread tonight.

They warned: “Thunderstorms continuing over Wales and much of England, with the risk of hail, lightning and torrential downpours, only easing later.

“Mist and fog for some, with clear skies in northwest.”

It comes as leading bookmaker Coral has cut the odds on the UK seeing the hottest June day since records began to 4-1 from 10-1 amid signs of a potential heatwave to come in the next few weeks.

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The current record is 35.6C, recorded back in 1976. Coral are offering odds of 2-1 that next month goes on to be the hottest June on record.

Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead said: “Last June we reached well over 30 degrees during a spell of thunderstorms and all the signs are now that we could be set for another wet and wild heatwave this June.

“The records for both the hottest month and the hottest day are both well within the realms of possibility and we’ve cut our odds accordingly.”


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