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Flash flooding in London leaves streets underwater as storms batter Britain


Cars are underwater in parts of flooded Raynes Park, south west London, as the capital is struck by a storm and booming thunderclaps after the Met Office issued a yellow warning

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Huge thunderclaps and flash floods have struck London as a storm gathers pace through the capital.

Cars have been filmed underwater in Raynes Park, south London as rain swamped the streets.

A deluge has swept through neighbourhoods including Kensington, south west London to Finchley and Hampstead in the city’s north.

Torrential downpours have filled streets in parts of London and Surrey as a storm-cloud heads over the city.

The Met Office earlier issued a yellow weather warning for heavy showers.

Floodwaters submerge cars in Raynes Park, south west London

Londoners are being caught up in flash flood as dismal storm clouds spread rain over the capital the day after England’s Euros defeat.

Ankle-deep water was pictured spreading though the streets in parts of south west London.

Floodwaters were filmed washing down stairwells and into apartment buildings and car parks in parts of the city early on Monday evening.

Residents of the south east of England are being warned to brace for disruption as 60mm of rain could strike over just a few hours tonight.

BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker tweeted a video clip of heavy rain hitting south west London.

He wrote: “Who’s in west London under this ‘MASSIVE’ downpour.

“The thunderstorm has become almost stationary for nearly an hour. Really bad over Wembley, Ealing, Chiswick, Wimbledon…and other areas.

“Flash flooding happening no doubt…take care!”

The national forecaster issued the yellow warning on Sunday night for rain lasting until midnight on Monday, covering areas south of Peterborough.

Met Office forecaster Sarah Kent said earlier that south-western parts of England could see 60mm of rain over just a few hours tonight.

She said: “The most intense rainfall is going to be in southern and western areas of the UK.

“Thundery downpours are coming from the English Channel as we speak.

“Certainly with the intense rainfall we are expecting, localised flooding and probably some travel disruption is on the way, unfortunately just as people are doing the school run and coming home from work.”

The Environment Agency issued one flood alert for areas close to the Upper River Loddon in Basingstoke, Hampshire.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood warnings for areas north-west of Edinburgh.

But Ms Kent said after a cloudy start in northern areas on Tuesday, Britons could enjoy dry weather with temperatures of up to 24C in central and southern England, and up to 18C in northern England and Scotland.

“In the north-east of England and east Scotland it could be quite grey and murky in the morning, but as we go through the day we will see things brighten up,” she said.

“Some areas could see a few showers but they will be few and far between.”

Ms Kent said Wednesday is due to be even warmer, with the mercury climbing up to a maximum of 26C in the South and 24C in the North.

East Anglia, Northern Ireland and western Scotland may see some light showers but it is forecast to be an otherwise dry day.

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