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.
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.
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.
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.
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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