Britain faces a washout today when a month’s worth of rain could fall and gales will blight the start of summer.
Experts at the Met Office have issued four severe weather warnings for rain that do not relent until Thursday, and commuters across swathes of eastern England have been told to take extra care in treacherous conditions.
There are risks of train cancellations and hazardous roads – and showers are also due to fall on London today, which could result in flooding and travel delays.
Festival-goers wear ponchos as they wade through the mud at Heaton Park in Manchester for Parklife Festival yesterday
Festival-goers arrive in the rain at Parklife Festival in Manchester yesterday which came amid torrential downpours in the UK
Festival-goers brave the rain at Parklife Festival in Manchester yesterday as the Met Office issued a series of flood warnings
Social media users reacted this morning as they woke to find heavy rain blighting much of the South and East of England
By tomorrow, thundery showers will move northwards to cover large swathes of the East Midlands and beyond to Sheffield, Leeds, York and Newcastle, until they die off mid-Thursday.
Areas of higher ground will get about 2.5in (64mm) of rain in only 12 hours, with 40mph winds battering the East coast. The average rainfall for the whole of June in eastern England is just over two inches.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said the UK would feel ‘unseasonably cool’ this week, with ‘no strong sign of dry and settled weather’ on the horizon. He added: ‘There’s a band of rain getting going today.
‘Tomorrow the South East will see some heavy showers, up to 60mm (2.4in) if you are really unlucky. Elsewhere, there is sunshine and showers, but the band of rain will move its way very slowly north.
The Met Office has issued several severe weather warnings for rain in eastern areas running from today until Thursday
Britain faces a washout today when a month’s worth of rain could fall in just one day today, as shown in the graphics above
These Met Office graphics show how the UV index and pollen count will be moderate to low for most parts of Britain today
‘The rain will fade away a little tomorrow before strengthening again on Wednesday, with more heavy showers forecast across the East Midlands and North East until at least Thursday.
‘There will also be some pretty strong winds, potential gales, up the East coast, so it will feel really chilly. The best places to be will be Northern Ireland and Scotland, which will be quite warm and dry.’
Even areas not covered by the weather warnings will experience significant showers. Forecasters are warning drivers to expect spray flooding and closures on the roads this week.
There is a small chance of more remote, rural communities being totally cut off by floods, while homes and businesses in eastern areas could suffer flooding and residents should have contingency plans in place.