The UK is bracing itself for severe storms, flooding and heat after parts of Scotland were left underwater overnight.
Dramatic footage shows cars submerged in water in eastern Scotland after the Met Office issued an ‘amber’ warning on Tuesday, warning ‘deep and fast floodwater could be a threat to human life’.
A yellow warning has been issued for most of Britain, with risk of heavy showers, frequent lightning and gusty winds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Parts of Scotland, North West England, North Wales and West Midlands are predicted to suffer the most in the storms.
Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said ‘exceptional rainfall totals could be seen of 60 millimetres in an hour with a very small chance of 150 millimetres of rainfall in three or four hours’ in England.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has five flood alerts posted for rainfall in areas around Birmingham, while 17 flood alerts remain current across Scotland.
Advising people to check their area’s flood risk, Caroline Douglass, Flood Duty Manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘Isolated flooding is also possible more widely across England until Thursday due to further heavy thunderstorms.’
While storms are on their way, England’s blistering heatwave is still set to continue.
London, Cambridge, Yeovil and Southhampton are all likely to be hit by 31C heat today.
It will be almost as warm in the north, with Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and Cardiff all expecting 30C weather.
It comes after ‘extremely heavy rain’ spurred floods and travel disruption in several parts of Scotland on Tuesday and Wednesday.
ScotRail tweeted that services across the country would be delayed or cancelled this morning, while The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to multiple reports of flooding in the Perthshire area.
Ten properties in Lancashire were also affected by flooding on Tuesday following overnight storms.
The rainfall spurred the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by almost a metre in less than three hours, Environment Agency flood risk manager Andy Brown said.
The Environment Agency said further heavy showers could cause more flooding in ‘mostly urban areas’ of England until Friday, with some homes being affected.
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