UK rain radar: Heavy rain to batter Britain ALL WEEK - ‘Rotten August’ brings flood risk

Heavy rain and thunderstorms have hit the UK over the weekend and into this week, and the jet stream continues to bring wet and windy weather across the country. Met Office forecaster Emma Smith explained: “The jet stream is sitting right across us right now - funnelling low-pressure systems across the country and bringing unstable air, that’s why we’re having a rotten August. I wouldn’t recommend going out without a brolly.”

The weekend saw travel delays, as torrential downpours and strong winds plagued the UK.

In Dover, passengers on ferries faced five-hour delays as tug boats battled with the wind to guide them into port.

Between Penrith and Lockerbie, flooding caused operators to suspend services on Saturday afternoon, and flooded tracks in also saw trains cancelled between Cumbria and Scotland.

Today (Tuesday) will be a day of showers and intermittent sunshine, with the chance for thunder.

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Ms Smith said: “Especially in northern England and Scotland there’s a chance of a rumble of thunder and a few scattered showers anywhere.

“By the afternoon and evening showers will mainly be lingering in eastern Scotland and northern England.”

Temperatures could climb to just 22C, she added - with wind speeds of up to 35mph.

For the rest of the week, Ms Smith said: “Wednesday will be wet and windy.

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“Showers are more likely on Thursday, moving west to east, with the west improving through the day and heavier showers in the east.

“There’ll be a brief respite on Thursday night into Friday morning, but on Friday there’s another wet and windy day ahead, with heavy outbreaks likely.”

The weekend would be “more settled”, but still unstable.

Ms Smith said: “There’ll be sunshine and showers, blustery, risk of thunder.”

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A thunderstorm warning is in place for Wednesday, beginning at 2pm and in place 10pm that day.

The warning is for the East Midlands, East of England, London and South East England, South West England and West Midlands.

The Met Office warns: “Although many places will miss them, heavy showers and thunderstorms may affect parts of the area through Wednesday afternoon, before slowly dying out during the evening.

“A few spots could see as much as 25 mm (0.9 inches) in an hour, and perhaps 40 mm (1.5 inches) in 2 or 3 hours.”

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