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Flooded Britain to be battered by thunderstorms

The downpour continues: Flooded Britain to be battered by thunderstorms bringing 55mph winds, hail, sleet and snow…and even sunshine!

  • Stormy weather will continue to batter Britain today as experts predict thunder showers in Midlands
  • Winds could hit 55mph while parts of the country will be struck by hail, sleet and snow   
  • Comes after towns in the UK were flooded when heavy rain caused rivers to burst their banks 
  • But doom and gloom will be interrupted by sunny spells before giving way to fog overnight  

Batten down the hatches – the UK is set to endure even more stormy weather today as strong winds and thundershowers strike.

A system is moving across the Midlands from Northern Ireland bringing lightning, hail and sleet which is likely to cause already flooded areas to get worse.

It comes after rivers burst their banks yesterday while parts of Scotland and the north were covered in heavy snow.

But experts at the Met Office say there will also be sunny spells breaking up the doom and gloom, before fog sets in overnight.

Ice and snow warnings are still in place around the UK amid claims six inches of the white stuff could fall in the next 24 hours. 

Shopkeepers in Rochdale were pictured building up flood defences last night as heavy storms caused inches of water to rise up, with more wet weather on the way today

The water levels in the River Roch in Rochdale, pictured, were rising throughout the night and came close to bursting the banks. Winds of 55mph and thunderstorms are set to hit parts of the UK today

Rochdale Sixth Form College, pictured, was also flooded when the river burst its banks due to a stormy weather system

Experts predict sunny spells will break up sleet and snow in the UK today, with the weather improving on Monday before turning cloudy and grey across Britain on Tuesday 

Much of the country has struggled in high winds over the past few days and although they are dropping, gusts will still reach up to 55mph.

Temperatures will also be low, hitting highs of 11C in the south and 8C in the north.  

Experts predict sunnier skies from the middle of next week, bringing an end to almost seven days of wet weather. 

Over the weekend a storm, which the Met Office considered naming Storm Hannah, brought snow to northern England, southern Scotland and Northern Ireland – along with four inches of rain to Wales and northern England. 

Severe flooding in North Wales caused by the heavy rain has caused devastation for businesses and homes along the banks of the river Conwy which burst its banks earlier today.

National Trust owned Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Tearoom was a casualty of the flooding, and ended up underneath 3ft of water with high tide still to come.

The government issued 44 flood warnings for areas including parts of: the Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Newcastle, Wolverhampton, Trowbridge, Derby, Huddersfield, Exmoor and Exeter.

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    Several cars were involved in an accident on the M77 southbound at the Maidenhill exit slip near Newton Mearns, while part of the M8 was flooded at Paisley. 

    A yellow warning for ice extends into the early hours of this morning. 

    Forecasters are warning of delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes, combined with seven separate warnings today for wind, rain, ice and snow.

    It comes after more than 2,100 homes, offices and shops in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, were blacked out on Friday, along with nearly 200 properties in the Devon towns of Plymouth and Torquay.

    Storm Gareth swept into Britain earlier this week, bringing gusts of up to 75mph on Tuesday night, while winds of more than 60mph were felt widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of thursday.

    Three climbers died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, with a fourth taken to hospital with serious injuries. The group were caught by a river of snow and ice in a gully. 


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    Queues of lorries around seven miles long formed along a section of a major motorway at Dover in Kent waiting for space on ferries and Eurotunnel crossings after severe weather disrupted cross-Channel crossings. 

    A tree falling on to overhead wires between Irvine and Kilwinning overnight caused disruption to trains between Glasgow and Ayr, but Scotrail confirmed thurday afternoon that the lines had been repaired.

    Trains between Durham and Newcastle were also halted after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services, but reopened later that day.

    Some Virgin Trains services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and some between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled. There were also reports of trees blocking roads. 


    The Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tearoom on the banks of the River Conwy in North Wales, where severe flooding has led to the closure of the popular tourist attraction today which stands in stark contrast to its more familiar picture postcard scenery

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