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England weather: Month’s worth of rain in a day and there’s more to come

Drivers have been warned about the dangers of floodwaters after extensive downpours (Picture: PA/ Getty)

Yet more rain is on its way for southern England, after some areas endured a month’s worth of downpours in 24 hours.

Saturday afternoon and evening is likely to be wet for many, with outbreaks of rain developing across London and the south east.

With Sunday likely to see further showers, many people’s outdoor weekend plans are set to be washed out.

Heavy rain fell on Wembley last night as England and Scotland played out a goalless draw in the Euro 2020 tournament.

Parts of the South East saw nearly 70mm of rainfall in 24 hours, with Hampshire and Buckinghamshire seeing the worst of it.

The areas particularly affected included Otterbourne, near Winchester, which saw 67mm of rainfall from 11pm Thursday to 5pm Friday.

Dancers End and Drayton Parslow in Buckinghamshire, Toddington in Bedfordshire and southern Farnborough in Hampshire all had rainfall between 57mm and 65mm.

Met Office weather warnings that were in place overnight have now cleared but drivers are being warned there is lots of standing water on the roads.

The Environment Agency issued 39 flood alerts, where flooding is possible, in London and surrounding areas, Kent, parts of the Home Counties, the West Midlands and Wiltshire.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said the South East would see ‘rain every day for the next few days.’

He added that Saturday has the ‘potential to be drier’ in the South but the deluge is set to return on Sunday and last into next week.

Temperatures will range from highs of 19C in London and Cardiff to 18C in Belfast and 17C in Edinburgh.

A car drives through a flooded road near Chesham, Buckinghamshire as rain and thunderstorms are set to sweep the South East in the coming days. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021. PA Photo. The Environment Agency has issued 17 flood alerts, where flooding is possible in London and surrounding areas, and Kent. See PA story WEATHER Wet. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

39 flood alerts in are in place for southern England (Picture: PA)
The weather is likely to ruin many outdoor plans (Picture: PA)
The weather made sure festivalgoers at Download got the full experience (Picture: PA)

Further rain is predicted for the south of England, northern Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday, while the rest of the country will likely be dry with some bright or sunny spells.

It marks an abrupt end to the sweltering weather the country saw earlier this week, which lead to people flocking to parks and beaches.

In contrast, Download Festival, which is being held this weekend in Leicestershire as part of a series of Covid-secure test events, was battered by the rain yesterday.

The downpours also caused delays on the motorways as drivers slowed down in the treacherous conditions.

A Thames City Cruises vessel passes by a mist enshrouded City of London. Picture date: Friday June 18, 2021. PA Photo. See PA story WEATHER Summer. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

London has seen heavy downpours (Picture: PA)
The weather didn’t do much to lift the spirits of England fans (Picture: Reuters)

The Environment Agency has urged drivers not to plough through flood water, warning that just 1ft of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to ‘lots of standing water’ on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.

The DVLA’s tips include allowing at least double the usual separation distance between your vehicle and the one in front, keeping speed down and using dipped headlights so that other drivers can see you.

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