A map has shown how remnants of Hurricane Nigel will sweep across the UK from the Atlantic later this week to bring more heavy rain, as the Met Office issues yet more weather warnings.
The Met Office issued fresh flood warnings for today and Wednesday, after more than a month’s worth of rain fell within 24 hours on Sunday – bringing the country’s record breaking heatwave to an end.
The tail end of Hurricane Lee prompted fresh the yellow warnings in parts of northern England and Wales, but just as it subsides it will be replaced by ‘unsettled weather’ from Hurricane Nigel at the weekend.
Maps from WXCHARTS show how the wet weather will travel across the UK between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening, seemingly reaching its peak at around midday on Wednesday.
Grahame Madge, Met Office spokesperson, said: ‘On Sunday, we will start to see the influence of ex-tropical Hurricane Nigel, which will be offshore in the mid-Atlantic.
‘These systems have a long reach, it will increase rainfall rates and also winds to bring unsettled weather to the UK.’
A map has shown how remnants of Hurricane Nigel will sweep across the UK from the Atlantic later this week to bring more heavy rain, as the Met Office issues yet more weather warnings
Maps from WXCHARTS show how the wet weather will travel across the UK between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening, seemingly reaching its peak at around midday on Wednesday
LONDON: Commuters struggle with umbrellas as they cross London Bridge during wet and windy weather in central London
Maps from the Met Office show torrential rain is set to hit part of the country with yellow weather warnings remaining in place for some
BRIGHTON: Huge waves bashed against Brighton Marina this morning as strong winds and rain continue to batter parts of Britain
The Met Office issued yellow weather warnings for rain from Tuesday until 6pm on Wednesday, adding some homes and businesses could face flooding though it is not anticipated to be ‘widespread’.
Bus and train services will ‘probably’ be affected by longer journey times, a forecaster added.
Western regions are expected to see between 50mm to 100mm of rainfall, with higher altitude areas such as Snowdonia in Wales potentially seeing up to 200mm.
Mr Madge said: ‘Although we’ve indicated that there could be flooding associated with the reasonably high levels of rainfall, that’s not something anticipated to be widespread.
‘It’s something that may be a consequence of a catchment that suddenly gets more inundated or there are blockages in drainage.’
The showers can be linked to remnants of Hurricane Lee which brought over ‘moisture’ and ‘higher temperature air’ to the UK.
‘It’s fair to say that it (Hurricane Lee) has brought more moisture with it, and also higher temperature air,’ Mr Magde explained.
‘When this air comes across us (the UK) it will deliver more in the way of rainfall than a normal system.’
The yellow warning is not to be compared to the ‘intense amounts’ of rainfall seen over the weekend, when more than 10,000 lightning strikes were recorded across the UK and downpours forced a Butlin’s holiday resort in Minehead, Somerset, and Exeter Airport to close temporarily.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms may hit parts of the UK on Thursday and Friday but the Met Office said they are not expected to be as severe as those on Sunday.
A map showed that heavy downpours will affect Wales and the North of England with 150-200mm of rain expected to fall over the course of 36 hours in some areas.
Chief Forecaster Steve Willington said: ‘The weekend’s severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall, and their associated impacts, have marked a transition between the heat of last week and the more Atlantic-dominated weather in the forecast for the coming week.’
Temperatures will remain mild up and down the country ranging from 11C to 19C further south
ABERYSTWYTH: Strong wind, heavy rain and huge waves hit the Welsh coast at Aberystwyth in Ceredigion, Wales
MANCHESTER: A woman braced torrential downpours this morning and battled with strong winds in Manchester city centre
DORSET: Storms raged on Chesil Beach in Portland this morning, creating huge waves
CAMBRIDGE: Torrential downpours yesterdays brought the end to the long heatwave, seeing people getting soaked
NEWHAVEN: Coastal gales are expected in some parts of the country today as a yellow weather warning remains in place
In the north west coastal gales are expected, with some gusts being as strong as 40-45mph at times
The forecaster warned of heavy downpours in Wales and the North of England with travel disruption and flooding expected
While bright spells are expected in some parts of the south others are at risk of strong coastal gales, with some gusts being up to 40-45mph.
Across the country, 11 flood alerts have been put in place by the Environment Agency, including parts of the Humber estuary, River Severn and River Mease.
Later in the week, heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected in places during Thursday and Friday, the Met Office has said.
Deputy Chief Forecaster David Oliver said: ‘Although the forecast contains the potential for further thundery showers later in the week, these are not expected to be of the magnitude of those seen over the weekend, but some localised impacts should be expected.’
Over the weekend, Britons can expect to see a mixture of sunny spells and showery downpours, with temperatures remaining cool.
Britain’s mini heatwave came crashing to a close as thunderstorms and torrential downpours swept in on the tail end of an Atlantic storm.
After temperatures hit 28C (82F) in central London on Saturday, forecasters say we have now seen the ‘last breath’ of summer and are facing a fortnight of topsy-turvy weather.
Shocking footage shows a house (pictured) in Corfe Fullen, Dorset, being struck by lightning in the early hours of this morning before the property becomes engulfed in flames
There was ‘a loud explosion’ and a flash of white light as the £400,000 home suffered a direct hit to the tiled roof
Yesterday a huge clean up operation was underway after monsoon-like conditions hit parts of the South West on Sunday causing flash flooding.
It saw Exeter Airport forced to close its doors – with all flights cancelled – while landslips elsewhere closed roads, including the M5.
Butlin’s holiday park was forced to shut for four days after heavy rainfall caused severe damage when it poured through the ceiling and left rooms under water.
The venue, which can accommodate 7,500 people on its 165-acre site, will remain closed until Friday when repairs can be done.
A Butlin’s spokesperson said: ‘We’ve taken the difficult decision to close due to several important venues being impacted by the weather.’
Shocking footage showed one house in Corfe Fullen, Dorset, being struck by lightning in the early hours of this morning before the property becomes engulfed in flames. There was ‘a loud explosion’ and a flash of white light as the £400,000 home suffered a direct hit to the tiled roof.
Thirty firefighters rushed to the residential area in Corfe Mullen, near Poole, Dorset, at 12.10am today to tackle the blaze which spread to an adjoining home.
The lone female occupants of the two properties, one a young woman and the other middle aged, were awoken by the strike during last night’s thunderstorms.
Six crews battled for two-and-a-half hours to put out the inferno. They remained at the scene for another three hours as a precaution.
Neighbour Warren Windebank, 47, a graphic designer, said: ‘I saw the roof was on fire and did not know if anyone was inside.
‘The door was open so I looked inside but tiles started to fall off the roof and it looked like it was about to collapse so I got out of there.’
Another neighbour said: ‘I was in my lounge and heard a massive explosion sound, which caused me to panic.
‘I rushed outside but there was no sign of a fire, so I went back in my flat. But five minutes later I saw black smoke so I looked out of the window and saw the house on fire.
‘I went outside and saw the front door to the home was open so I shouted ‘is anyone in there’, and a woman said she had come out.’