UK Weather forecast: Met Office warns of travel hazards as heavy showers hit Britain today

meteorologist Becky Mitchell warned of travel hazards for the most affected areas in south-west Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England where flash flooding and substantial surface water are expected. Ms Mitchell claimed the best of the sunshine will remain in Wales and south-west England, whereas the rest of the country not affected by the heavy showers will be very cloudy. 

She said: “There is a band of heavy rain stretching from south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland, pushing into northern England and East Anglia.

“To the north of this, we do have fairly cloudy skies with some mist and murk around the coast and over the hills.

“But the best of the sunshine likely to be across parts of Wales and south-west England.

“Here those sunny spells should last until the afternoon.

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“As we head through the rest of the day still that slow-moving band of rain affecting Northern Ireland, Scotland and Northern England.

“And we do still have a yellow weather warning in force for rainfall.

“There will be quite a lot of surface water on the roads in some places and localised flash flooding too.

“As we head through the rest of the afternoon, the rain gradually starting to ease but elsewhere fairly cloudy skies for the most part.”

On Thursday, Britain baked during the hottest ever July day - the month’s record temperature was broken four times in a single day - with a high of 38.1C (100.5F) set in Cambridge.

The 38.1C was 0.5C away from breaking the record for the hottest ever day in the UK.

Meanwhile, the Met Office announced a figure of 38.7C was received from Cambridge Botanic Garden - however, this is yet to be verified.

The all-time UK record of 38.5C (101.3F) recorded in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.

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