Britain braces for MORE flooding as ‘severe’ thunderstorms bring hail, high winds and another month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours
- Met Office forecasters have warned up to 2in (50mm) of rain could fall along with hail and thunder
- Heavy showers in rain-hit Lincolnshire in next two days will put further pressure on Wainfleet All Saints
- Homes and businesses in other areas are also at risk of flooding, with travel disruption expected
Heavy rain will lash parts of Britain again as flood-hit communities continue to clear up after a week of downpours.
Met Office forecasters have warned up to two inches (50mm) of rain could fall along with hail and thunder and lightning across parts of the South East of England and the Midlands from 6pm today until 9pm tomorrow.
There could also be heavy showers in rain-hit Lincolnshire over the next two days, which will put further pressure on the deluged market town of Wainfleet All Saints, which has suffered severe flooding in recent days.
A tractor is partly submerged by floodwater in the deluged Lincolnshire market town of Wainfleet All Saints yesterday
The entire cricket pitch at Worcestershire County Cricket Club was covered in murky floodwater yesterday morning
Homes and businesses in other areas are also at risk of flooding, with travel disruption expected. Meteorologist Dean Hall said: ‘We are keeping an eye on it as there could be some issues with surface water and flooding.’
He added that those concerns may mean there are delays with residents returning to their homes in the Lincolnshire town, following heavy rain last week which caused the River Steeping to burst its bank.
Worcestershire County Cricket club also suffered from the heavy rain, as the ‘predicted flood’ forced them to play their fixtures at nearby Kidderminster Cricket Club. Some 590 have now been evacuated from the Wainfleet area.
RAF Chinook helicopters dropped 76 further tonnes of sand and ballast in the area on Sunday after drafting in 270 one-tonne sandbags to repair the bank on Friday. Average rainfall in a month is 48mm (1.89in) to 70mm (2.76in).
The Met Office expects conditions to turn wet this afternoon, with heavy rain forecast in the South East and Midlands
The UV index will be high in northern England today (left), while the pollen count will be very high in the same areas (right)
Anglian Water Services requested Wainfleet residents avoid using washing machines, toilets and showers during the flooding, while water pumps were drafted in by the Environment Agency on Sunday to ease the flow.
The Met Office’s severe yellow thunderstorm warning reads: ‘There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds.’
Forecasters also warn of travel disruption on trains, buses and roads, adding: ‘Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services.’
Yesterday brought heavy rain to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but conditions were much better in most of England with sunshine and temperatures hitting 73.2F (22.9C) in the South East.