Britain is swamped by up to 63 floods

Britain is swamped by a week’s worth of rain in just one hour as the tail end of Hurricane Lorenzo causes 63 floods and travel chaos

  • Many commuters were soaked this morning as they made their way to work in the heavy downpours 
  • The Met Office has issued an 18-hour long yellow warning which runs from midnight until 6pm this evening
  • Flooding could affect homes and businesses in some areas but the wet weather is set to clear later today 

The UK is due to be hit by up to 63 floods as massive downpours could bring a week’s worth of rain in just one hour in some areas of the country.

Heavy rain is set to disrupt roads, trains and buses across Britain today, just days after the country was struck by extensive flooding, as Hurricane Lorenzo departs.

Many commuters were soaked this morning as they made their way to work across the UK, with two yellow rain warnings currently being in place. 

The Met Office has issued an 18-hour long yellow warning, running from midnight until 6pm today, covering Scotland and most of northern, eastern and south east England.  

Flooding may affect homes and business, while some communities may be cut off by flooded roads, the Met Office said. 

A contractor pumps water out of the road after flooding and excess surface water on Tower Bridge this morning following heavy rain and wet weather in the capital last night

This couple were seen out and about braving the weather in Leeds as the woman held a leather jacket over her head to protect herself from the rain 


The Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings today (left) and flood warnings are also in place across most of the UK (right)

The weather forecast for the next three days (pictured above) shows heavy rain in most parts which is set to continue 

 A plane was pictured trying to land at Leeds Bradford airport today as weather conditions made it difficult 

A car drives through flooding and excess surface water on Tower Bridge this morning following heavy rain and wet weather in the capital last night

A spokesperson for the Met Office today told MailOnline that there will be an East/West split across the country over the next couple of days as rain soaks many. 

Forecaster Luke Miall said eastern areas will see a lot of wet weather today but the that it will clear as the evening draws in.

‘In terms of weather in the east we have two rain warnings in force, one warning is valid till midday and here we could see 30-40mm falling up to midday and we have already had 20mm in some places.’

This warning covers Yorkshire & Humber, East Riding of Yorkshire, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire.

This is while the second warning in place covers the rest of Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk and is smaller compared to the first.

Mr Miall added: ‘This is likely to to be heavy and the impact in these areas could be higher. As much as 60mm of rain, there is a risk of some flooding and chance of travel disruption as well as surface flooding.

‘In some places 60mm is about half a months rain fall, not everywhere will see 60mm and this is a worst case scenario. The UK average for October is 100mm, southern England is usually a bit less and Scotland would be a bit more.

‘For example East Anglia’s average for October is about 65mm, so some places could see a month’s worth of rain over the course of the next couple of days.’ 

Meanwhile, temperatures for today will feel cool as clouds and rain will make it feel chillier than the average of 51.8F (11C), which is below average for this time of year.

The south west of the country could see highs of 62.6F (17C), and will have relatively light winds that will feel pleasant.

Mr Miall also said that the rain will clear away towards the end of the day leaving cloud and some fog patches.

‘The west will become clearer due to another frontal system coming it. It will be raining tomorrow morning in the west while the east will be dry.

‘Through Monday rain will move from west to east, there will be heavy rain in the west but it will weaken as it goes east. There is still risk of 20mm across north west England, but we have no weather warnings for tomorrow.’

Tomorrow it is set to feel cool and once that clears on Monday night the UK will have some low pressure and there will then be some sunshine and showers, with gales in the north west.

The Environment Agency had last night (Sunday) issued 54 flood alerts and five more serious ‘immediate action required’ flood warnings.

Western and northern areas will be most at risk although alerts are in place across much of northern England and parts of the southeast.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: “Land, roads and some properties could flood and there could be travel disruption.”

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