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Flood warnings in place as rain and thunderstorms to batter UK

Rain and thunderstorms are set to batter South East England in the coming days (Pictures: LNP / PA / REX / EPA )

Rain and thunderstorms are set to batter South East England in the coming days, bringing an end to the stretch of sunny weather seen earlier this month.

Temperatures have dropped across the whole of the UK, which recorded the hottest day of the year so far just four days ago.

In start contrast to the sweltering heat and clear blue skies seen at the start of he week, torrential downpours that could cause flooding are expected in some southern areas today.

The Environment Agency has issued 27 flood alerts covering London, surrounding areas and the Midlands.

Meanwhile, the Met Office have issued a yellow weather warning for rain which covers most of England, apart from Devon and the North West.

People cover up from the rain on the first day of Download Festival

People cover up from the rain on the first day of Download Festival at Donington Park (Picture: PA)
Drivers have been urged not to plough through the flooded roads (Picture: London News Pictures)

Temperatures are still relatively high in areas set to see most of the rain, meaning a humid night is on the cards for those heading out to watch the Euro England vs Scotland match.

On Friday, temperatures will range from highs of 17C (62.6F) in London and 18C (64.4) in Cardiff to 16C (60.8F) in Belfast and 14C (57.2) in Edinburgh.

The mercury is set to rise a couple of degrees everywhere on Saturday, remaining stable on Sunday.

Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge said Blackpool will see the highest temperatures, while southern regions will be cool and cloudy.

He said: ‘In the South East, there will be rain every day for the next few days, and some places could see up to 80mm (3.2in) on Friday.

‘The heaviest rain will be in places from Hampshire up to Yorkshire, where we are quite likely to see intense rainfall which will clear away tonight.

‘Away from the South East, it’s a relatively fine day.

There is heavy flooding on the A20 London road in Aylesford, Kent, near Maidstone (Picture: London News Pictures)
Racegoers wear ponchos to shield themselves from the rain as they arrive on day four of Royal Ascot (Picture: PA)

‘The warmest temperatures we are likely to see today are 18C (64.4F) around the Irish Sea coast – so places like Blackpool.

‘Under the cloud of the South and East we are going to see temperatures getting to 15C (59F), so much cooler than the last 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.

The Environment Agency has urged drivers not to plough through flood water, warning that just 1ft (30cm) 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.

The Met Office’s Mr Madge said the heaviest downpours could clear in time for football fans watching the Euros match between England and Scotland in Wembley or Trafalgar Square on Friday night.

‘Most of the heavy rain in the South and East will have largely moved away by 8pm,’ he said.

‘We are expecting the heaviest bursts to be continuing until about 6pm, but there is still a risk of rain afterwards.’

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