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UK weather: Heavy rain batters Britain and turns roads into rivers – and it’s going to get worse

HEAVY rain sparked flooding as roads turned into rivers overnight – with the Met Office warning it’s going to get worse.

Photos have emerged of cars almost completely submerged by water, and others making their way through deep puddles as night fell.


A white van was stranded by flood waters in Clydach near Swansea yesterday[/caption]

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Roads turned to rivers in London’s Greenwich yesterday[/caption]


Motorists battled to make their way through the wet roads in Marlow in Buckinghamshire last night[/caption]

London, Buckinghamshire and Wales were a few of the many spots that were drenched by downpours overnight.

And forecasters have warned more rain is set to fall in coming days – with temperatures dropping too.

It comes after the Met Office urged Brits to take care amid fears of flooding and powercuts – then issued a yellow weather warning.


The North West of England, Central Scotland and most of Wales were set to be battered by a 12-hour torrential rain.

The forecaster is now warning of a wet few days to come.

Met Office Meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: “A band of rain will clear by the start of Thursday and that will be followed by sunny spells and showers with low pressure never too far away from the UK.

“Some cooler weather, along with some chilly nights, are likely as we move towards the weekend.”


Andrew Hitchings, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, added: “A period of slow-moving heavy rain means surface water flooding is probable across parts of the Midlands and the North and possible more widely across much of England today, while river flooding is probable across parts of Cumbria and possible more widely.

“Surface water flooding is also probable and river flooding possible across parts of the East and South East of England from Wednesday afternoon overnight into early tomorrow morning.

“Environment Agency teams will be out on the ground, undertaking preparatory operational activity to minimise the impacts of flooding where possible.

“We urge people not to drive though flood water – it is often deeper than it looks and just 30cm of flowing water is enough to float your car. 


“People should check their flood risk, sign up for free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation.”

Andrew said the wetter weather was likely to hit at the weekend – and carry into next week.

He continued: “Some of this rain is likely to be quite slow moving on Sunday and Monday, with in excess of 100mm of rain possible over some of the hills as part of this event.”


It had been a wet day in Victoria, London yesterday[/caption]


Swansea’s Ynyspenllwch Road was totally flooded yesterday[/caption]
September 21, 2023 at 12:01PM

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