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Drivers face rush hour chaos as Highways Agency issues travel warning and Met Office predicts floods

Britons are enduring ‘treacherous’ conditions in parts of the country today amid further intense downpours and flooding, with up to four inches of rain expected to fall.

More than 90 flood warnings and alerts have been imposed across England, with people in the Midlands rescued from their cars after getting stuck driving through deep water – and some properties and roads inundated.

Met Office warnings are in place for parts of Scotland, North Wales and northern England today, but most of the UK will experience rain after a week that has already brought double the normal amount for June in a few days. 

Rail commuters faced further misery today as flooding between Whitlocks End and Stratford-upon-Avon blocked the line in the West Midlands, and services between Boston and Skegness were suspended for the same reason.

Heavy rain and flooding also caused disruption to trains in the North West today, including Merseyrail services between Chester and Liverpool Central, and Virgin Trains between London Euston and North Wales.

Flooding between Whitlocks End and Stratford Upon Avon blocked this train line in the West Midlands this morning

A man takes cover under an umbrella today

Morning commuters take shelter under umbrellas this morning in Ascot, Berkshire, as the rain shows no signs of stopping

Morning commuters take shelter under umbrellas this morning in Ascot, Berkshire, as the rain shows no signs of stopping

Flooding in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, overnight saw roads turn into rivers and conditions became dangerous for drivers

Flooding in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, overnight saw roads turn into rivers and conditions became dangerous for drivers

Winter coats are the order of the day in Ascot this morning as commuters walk in the rain that continues to fall in Berkshire

Winter coats are the order of the day in Ascot this morning as commuters walk in the rain that continues to fall in Berkshire

Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by flooding. The town of Arnold is pictured overnight

Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by flooding. The town of Arnold is pictured overnight

Torrential rain saw flooding hit parts of the Midlands late last night. A number of people needed rescuing from cars caught in floodwater in Nottingham and Warwickshire as the inclement weather moved across the country.

The Met Office said ‘conditions on the roads will be treacherous for some with surface water flooding and intense rainfall’ this morning, while there was a ‘small chance’ some communities could become cut off.  

The Met Office has issued three weather warnings for today

The Met Office has issued three weather warnings for today

Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 1cm (0.4in) of rain in the space of an hour this morning. The village had seen 73mm (2.8in) of rainfall in 28 hours – more than the 66.4mm (2.6in) average for the whole of June.

Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm (1.6in) fall over 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire saw 30mm (1.2in) fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank in Worcestershire.

Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by standing water and floods while the Environment Agency said 18 people were rescued in the city after getting stuck driving through flood water.

Operations manager Kelly Golds tweeted: ’18 people have had to be rescued by emergency services after getting stuck driving through flood water. Just 30cm of fast flowing water is enough to move your car.’

Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was advising residents in Lambley to stay indoors due to floodwater. Newark MP Robert Jenrick also said properties were flooded in Lowdham and Southwell.

In Warwickshire, three people were rescued from a car stuck in a ford in a village near Sutton Coldfield last night. Elsewhere, flood barriers were put up in Northwich amid concerns over the level of the River Weaver.

 

This morning's weather

This afternoon's weather

Heavy rain is forecast for much of the country today, with temperatures only getting up to 17C (63F) in the South East

Tomorrow morning's weather

Tomorrow afternoon's weather

There are currently no Met Office weather warnings in place for tomorrow, with conditions forecast to be calmer

Rail users were hit by cancellations and delays yesterday as torrential rain struck England, Scotland and Wales. Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall warned that the wet weather would continue to blight parts of the UK today.

More than 90 flood warnings and alerts are in place today

More than 90 flood warnings and alerts are in place today

He said: ‘As this system pushes up from the South East through the course of the night, it will re-intensify and continue through much of Thursday.’

Mr Miall said parts of south-east Scotland could see up to 100mm (4in) of rain, with an amber alert in place warning of heavy downpours.

According to the Met Office, the wettest ever June for the UK as a whole was in 2012 when an average of 149mm (5.9in) of rain fell. Mr Miall said this month’s rainfall so far was ‘still a long way off’ breaking that record.

He explained that following a dry summer and winter river levels across the country were low, meaning much of the current flooding was surface water flooding that could potentially retreat quickly.

But by the end of today, flooding would increasingly be the consequence of cumulative rainfall, he added.

There are currently no Met Office warnings in place past today, with conditions forecast to be calmer.

The weather is expected to be drier, warmer and sunnier, but with the risk of heavy and thundery showers in some places. 

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