UK summer WASHOUT: June forecast to be the wettest EVER as flood alerts issued

UK summer WASHOUT: June forecast to be the wettest EVER as flood alerts issued

British temperatures rivalled the Mediterranean in recent weeks and months and it appeared the nation was in for a hot summer. However, as rain falls across the UK today some bookmakers have slashed the odds on this month being the wettest June on record. Yellow weather warnings have been issued for the coming week and an onslaught of heavy rain is expected to deluge the country and could lead to potential flooding.

The has warned areas in the South East might experience floods as a result of the rain.

Meteorologists claimed 20 hours of continual downpours could be seen on Monday.

Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: “A yellow weather warning has been issued to highlight the potential impact of the heavy rain this week.

“In some areas in particular the rain will be especially heavy and will mean that drains do not take the water away quickly enough, leading to surface flooding.

“The worst areas could be hit with up to 60mm of rainfall in less than six hours, but the average is 10-25 mm.

“An amber warning is expected in the next half an hour which will highlight those isolated areas in particular which are expected to be the hardest hit by the rainfall.

“There is also associated thunder is also expected along with the heavy rainfall expected across Southern England, with the South East due to be hit especially hard by the rain.

“It will be a wet week but not everywhere will see rain - Northern parts of England and Scotland are expecting good dry spells, but the rain is likely to move further north over the coming days.

“We cannot be as specific in terms of the month, but generally, looking at trends, it would seem that the unsettled weather pattern will continue over the next 30 days with temperatures looking cooler than average.

“Although this doesn’t mean that the sunshine won’t appear, it seems likely that the month will be cooler generally than is usual for the month with anticipated temperatures expected to be around 17C.”

This week will see potential highs of just 19C - a marked shift from the 28C heat seen in London on June 3.

There is a small chance homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

There is a small chance some communities become cut off by flooded roads.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds on June being the wettest on record, with odds being cut into 1/2, from 5/4 by Coral this morning as widespread rain is forecast for the week.

Coral’s John Hill said: “With a yellow weather warning in place, this week could be one of the wettest of the year and as a result, we have slashed the odds on this month being a record wet June.

“Not only is this week going to be a washout, the betting suggests the wind speed could reach as high as 100mph in mainland UK so at the moment, summer seems a long way off.”

Bookmaker Ladbrokes agrees with this, cutting the odds from a 4/1 shot late last week, to a 5/2 shot for this to go down as the wettest June on record, with heavy thunderstorms predicted over the next few days.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve been hit with heavy rainfall over the weekend but things will only get wetter if the latest odds are anything to go by.”

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