Flood tracker LIVE: Floods hit Britain as Met Office issues warning for torrential rain

BBC Weather: Thunderstorms to hit UK as rain moves in

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Weather forecasters have warned torrential downpours and thunderstorms are due to lash the country today prompting the Met Office to issue a severe weather warning. The warning covers a large swathe of southern and southeast England which will likely cause travel disruption and flooding in some places.


  • The Met Office has extended a yellow weather warning for rain on Monday, July 12
  • Heavy showers and thundestorms are expected to hit parts of the UK.
  • Conditions will be unsettled for many with early cloud and rain expected.

The Met Office weather warning on Monday reads: “Slow-moving, heavy showers, with some thunderstorms, are likely to continue to break out during today.

“This may lead to torrential downpours in some places with 20 to 30 mm of rain in an hour and perhaps in excess of 60 mm in some spots in two or three hours.

“There is also a chance of more persistent heavy rain developing over parts of southeast England for a time during the afternoon or evening.”

10.45pm update: Weather outlook for Wednesday to Friday 

The Met Office’s forecast for the week reads: “Mostly dry with sunny spells. 

“Cloudier at times with light rain in the northwest, 

“Generally light winds and becoming warmer, but fresher winds and cooler at times on eastern coasts.”

9.45pm update: Weather’s looking clearer on Tuesday 

The Met Office is forecasting Tuesday’s weather to be better than Monday. 

The weather said Tuesday is looking brighter and drier all around as the torrential downpours fade away. 

The forecast suggests there will be sunny intervals with the potential of light showers throughout the latter hours of the morning. 

9.05pm update: Train lines flooded 

The severe weather conditions have meant several routes across Southern Rail Thameslink are experiencing cancellations and delays. 

Currently the following incidents are affecting services: 

Lightning damaging the signalling system Dorking – Epsom 

Heavy rain flooding the railway Clapham Junction – Milton Keynes 

Flooding in a tunnel between St Pancras International and West Hampstead Thameslink 

Flooding between London Bridge and South Bermondsey  

8.06pm update: Roads closed across north London 

Several area across North London have seen road closures, while homes have been evacuated in western parts of the city, including Ladbroke Grove. 

According to TfL, closed roads in London are: 

  • Elmcroft Crescent (NW11)
  • [A41] Hendon Way (NW11, NW2)
  • Highfield Avenue (NW11)
  • Marble Drive (NW2)
  • Ridge Hill (NW11)
  • Wayside (NW11)
  • Wessex Gardens (NW11)
  • Woodville Gardens (NW11)

7.22pm update: Flooding continues across the south

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it has taken more than 150 calls reporting flooding across south west London. 

Emergency services were called to help several vehicles trapped under a bridge by Raynes Park. 

Other reports of flooding submerging vehicles have also emerged near Regent’s Park tube station in the city’s centre. 

6.40pm update: Flooding scenes in London 

Londoners have taken to Twitter to share some flooding scenes across the west of the city. 

South Hampstead, Finchley and Maida Vale have all seen torrential downpours throughout Monday afternoon. 

5.55pm update: Flooding likely in south east England

The Met Office has implemented a yellow weather warning for rain across southern England as it continues to bear the brunt of downpours. 

Affected areas include: 

  • East of England 

  • Greater London 

  • South East England

  • South West England 

5.05pm update: Lightning rife in London 

Lightning strikes are hitting at a rate of 16 per minute in the city. 

The lightning is predominantly centred around the east of the city at this point. 

Wimbledon, Croydon and Wandsworth have all seen lightning, alongside Wembley and Harrow in North London. 

4.22pm update: Lightning and thunder reaches London 

Lightning and thunder has been spotted in south east London. 

Elephant & Castle in the southern part of the city is experiencing loud bouts of thunder and some lightning. 

3.36pm update: Lightning hits the south coast of England 

The lightning tracker has shown that bolts have struck across the south of England. 

The lighting strikes are currently predominantly focused around Rye, East Sussex, while some has also been seen around the Midhurst area. 

Closer to the coast, Littlehampton has seen lightning hit the English shores too, as of 3.56pm on July 12. 

2.42pm update: Weather conditions predicted to improve by Friday

The week will be unsettled for many during the week, but conditions will improve by the weekend.

2.35pm update: Forecast for Monday evening sees unsettled weather continue

The forecaster predicts evening showers, some heavy, especially over southern England and East Anglia, will gradually ease.

These will fade overnight leaving clear spells and a few fog patches.

2.23pm update: Windy.com predicts most lightning to strike around 4pm on Monday

The Windy.com lightning and rainfall map shows the worst of the rain and lightning will hit around 4pm on July 12.

The map reveals lightning will affect many parts of Northern Ireland, Scotland and southern England.

The southeast and southwest will be particularly impacted.

2.10pm update: The Met Office weather forecast for Monday

The weather forecast for Monday reads: “Unsettled for many with early cloud and rain giving to brighter spells and showers later.

“Southern England and East Anglia will see the most unsettled conditions with heavy showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, including some torrential downpours possible.”

1.43pm update: The Environment Agency has issued one flood alert

The Environment Agency has issued one flood alert at Upper River Loddon.

Property flooding is not expected at this location, but river levels have risen on River Loddon as a result of persistent rainfall.

Further rainfall is expected on Monday, July 12, therefore flooding of low-lying roads and farmland is possible especially in the Longbridge Mill area.

Localised heavy thunderstorms are forecast today although timings and locations are uncertain.

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