UK weather: Flash flooding overwhelms cars and cuts off communities

UK weather: Flash flooding overwhelms cars and cuts off communities

UK weather: Flash flooding overwhelms cars and cuts off communities

Torrential rains cut off towns and villages (Photos: BPM/BNPS/PA)

Torrential rains cut off towns and villages (Photos: BPM/BNPS/PA)

Flash floods inundated gardens and blocked roads in extreme weather conditions today.

Thunder and squalls of rain hit parts of the UK this week, ending days of scorching sunshine.

Households were urged to pack ‘handbags’ of valuables and essentials as millions of homes face the risk of flooding.

In Cornwall, huge waves were pictured off the coast as the winds gathered today.

Newquay faced the worst downpours today as major roads were hit by spreading flooding.

Townspeople said they had “never seen rain like this” in their lives.

In Dorset, the village of Burton Bradstock was among the areas affected by severe flash flooding.

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

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

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

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

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

A yellow weather warning for the area remains tomorrow and motorists were urged to drive carefully in the flooded conditions.

But looking forward, while more rain is expected to hit parts of the UK, it will ‘settle down’ from today’s showers.

Drivers in the South West have been urged to be extra careful behind the wheel (Picture: Dorset Live/BPM MEDIA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13095977g) Tourists in Parliament Square shelter under umbrellas during rain showers after prolonged dry spell and driest summer in 46 years Seasonal weather, Westminster , London, United Kingdom - August 16, 2022

Tourists take shelter under umbrellas during downpours in London (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

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

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

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

And more torrential downpours and thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

In Scotland, parts have been hit with a week of rain in just 24 hours as showers hit the UK after days of hot, dry weather.

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

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??  Licensed by London News Pictures 8/16/2022.  Swanley, UK.  Vehicles traveling 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 flash flooding and thunderstorms across large parts of the UK today.  Photo credit: Grant Falvey/LNP

Vehicles battle the rain on the M25 near Swanley in Kent (Photo: Grant Falvey/LNP)
A Dorset & Wiltshire fire and rescue team pumping out flood water (Picture: 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, it may also help extremely dry conditions that have led to nine droughts being declared across England since Friday.

Deputy Chief Daniel Rudman, of the Met Office, said: ‘Although the warnings are large scale, forecasters expect individual thunderstorms to be quite isolated, and many in the warning do not encounter a storm or heavy rains.

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

“While there can be periods of rain and it is choppy at times in the north and west, heavy downpours associated with thunderstorms become less likely.”

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