UK Weather: Floods submerge cars, cut off communities

Heavy downpours have left towns and villages cut off (Images: BPM/BNPS/PA)

Floods have inundated gardens and blocked roads in severe weather today.

Thunder and rain have hit regions of the UK this week – putting an end to days of scorching sunshine.

Households have been urged to pack “grab bags” with valuables and necessities as millions of homes face the risk of flooding.

In Cornwall, huge waves were pictured offshore as winds gathered today.

Newquay faced the worst of today’s downpours with major roads affected as floods spread.

Locals in the town said they had never seen rain like that in their lives.

In Dorset, the village of Burton Bradstock was among the areas hit by heavy flooding.

Residents were left knee-deep in water and cars submerged as the water rose.

Mandatory credit: Photo by Tom Corban/REX/Shutterstock (13096352a) Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning causes flooding and road closures in Bridport.  Seasonal weather, Bridport, Dorset, UK - 16 August 2022

Rain caused flooding and road closures in Bridport, Dorset (Image: Tom Corban/REX/Shutterstock)
A car sinks into the water during heavy rain in Port Talbot, Wales (Image: PA)

Like Cornwall, the county has been hit by torrential downpours for the first time in weeks.

This evening slow-moving torrential rain also affected parts of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

A yellow weather warning for the region remains in place tomorrow and motorists have been urged to drive carefully in the flood conditions.

But looking ahead, while more rain is set to hit parts of the UK, it will “set down” compared to today’s downpour.

Drivers in the South West have been urged to take extra care when driving (Image: Dorset Live/BPM MEDIA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13095977g) Tourists in Parliament Square shelter under umbrellas during downpours after the prolonged drought and the driest summer in 46 years Seasonal weather, Westminster, London, UK - August 16, 2022

Tourists hide under umbrellas during showers in London (Image: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

Today, drivers was blocked from using the A358 in Somerset due to a landslide caused by heavy rain.

It came after a yellow weather warning in place across southern England was upgraded to amber across Somerset on Monday.

On the highways, visibility was poor for drivers as conditions worsened.

And further heavy showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

In Scotland, some areas were hit by a week’s rain in just 24 hours while the downpour hit Britain after days of hot, dry weather.

It’s not just the UK that has been hit by major flooding today, dramatic video from Paris showed water seeping into a tube station.

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??  Licensed to London News Pictures 16/08/2022.  Swanley, United Kingdom.  Vehicles travel on the M25 near Swanley, Kent as heavy rain creates surface spray reducing visibility for drivers.  The Met Office has warned of heavy rain with flooding and thunderstorms across much of the UK today.  Image credit: Grant Falvey/LNP

Vehicles battle rain on the M25 near Swanley in Kent (Image: Grant Falvey/LNP)
A Dorset & Wiltshire fire and rescue crew pumping flood water (Image: Graham Hunt/BNPS)

The rain could reduce the threat of forest fires, which have put enormous pressure on fire services across Europe.

In the UK, extremely dry conditions that have led to nine droughts being declared across England since Friday could also help.

Deputy Chief Daniel Rudman, at the Met Office, said: “Although the warnings are wide-ranging, forecasters expect individual thunderstorms to be fairly isolated, with many within the warning not experiencing gales or heavy rain.

“After Wednesday, conditions will calm down somewhat for most people.

“Although there may be some spells of rain and it will be unsettled at times in northern and western parts, the heavy downpours associated with thunderstorms are becoming less likely.”

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