Brits issued major flood warnings as torrential rain and thunderstorms continue

Amber flood warnings have been issued as thunderstorms and torrential rain are set to continue across the UK on Monday (July 26).

Forecasters have said that today will see more 'scattered heavy showers and thunderstorms' in parts of the south, a day after flash floods in London.

The rest of the country was forecast to experience a cloudy, more settled picture while sunshine is expected in Scotland, Mirror reports.

Temperatures are set to rise in most places again on Monday when the storms clear, with the mercury, predicted to reach 26C in London, 25C in Edinburgh, 24C in Cardiff, and 22C in Belfast.

Six flood warnings, meaning flooding is 'imminent', remain in force across England in the south east.

There are also 19 flood alerts in place, according to the Environment Agency.

Flood warnings – full list

  • Beverley Brook at West Barnes
  • Beverley Brook at Worcester Park
  • Bumpstead Brook through Steeple Bumpstead to New England
  • Monktonmead Brook at St Johns
  • The Stour Brook from Haverhill to Sturmer
  • Whitwell, Wroxall, Langbridge, Alverstone on the Eastern Yar

The Met Office has predicted early cloud in some northern and eastern parts which will move up to Scotland, and sunny spells and scattered showers in most places throughout the day.

  • Brits warned to prepare for 40C days within 10 years as UK to face extreme heatwaves

After a weekend of rain, the downpour is expected to continue on Monday in the south.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said the storms are being caused by a "convergence" of air currents, due to warmth in the earth's surface from the recent heatwave rising into cooler air in the atmosphere.

It comes after lightning set fire to houses in Andover, Hampshire, on Saturday morning, forcing residents to leave.

  • Dramatic images show huge 15ft wide sinkhole that swallowed up road

Neighbours heard an "enormous bang" as the strike set two homes ablaze on Mercia Avenue, and a 70-year-old woman was assessed by paramedics.

Kingston Police, who oversaw a borough in the amber zone for storms, warned motorists to "drive carefully" and remember they are "not driving a submarine".

Get latest news headlines delivered free

Want all the latest shocking news and views from all over the world straight into your inbox?

We've got the best royal scoops, crime dramas and breaking stories – all delivered in that Daily Star style you love.

Our great newsletters will give you all you need to know, from hard news to that bit of glamour you need every day. They'll drop straight into your inbox and you can unsubscribe whenever you like.

You can sign up here – you won't regret it…

The force said in a tweet: "Please remember to drive carefully. Also remember that you're not driving a submarine.

"Do not enter what could possibly be deep water. Watch your speed and distance as stopping distances will be greater."

The rain brought an end to the heatwave earlier this week, potentially disappointing anyone who hoped for a dry, sunny trip to the coast.

Source: Read Full Article