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UK weather: Rain continues with 40mm in two hours after Yorkshire Dales flooding

Bridges have been destroyed, homes deluged, roads blocked and towns cut off after flash floods devastated parts of England following a month’s worth of rain in just an hour.

Many routes throughout the Yorkshire Dales have been left impassable after 2in (50mm) of rain and hailstones the size of sweets were dumped on the area in what police described as ‘shocking’ travel conditions.

Rescuers reported seeing sheds and oil tanks floating down roads, an ice cream parlour attraction said customers were injured in a freak hailstorm, and the site of a planned mountain biking festival was left devastated. 

The violent hail and rain storm which saw 18,000 lightning strikes in a day caused chaos for residents, with a bridge collapsed in Grinton and parts of the railway line between Kirkby Stephen and Garsdale washed away.

Areas of central and northern England will face further heavy rain today with the Met Office warning storms could bring up to 1.6in (40mm) in two hours, while a similar alert for thunderstorms was imposed in Scotland.

There are ten flood warnings in place across the UK – for North Yorkshire, Lancashire and the West Midlands – with the Environment Agency saying local flooding was possible due to the thunderstorms and outbreaks of rain. 

Devastating flooding in the Swaledale area of the Yorkshire Dales yesterday, with floodwaters washing through homes

The bridge that has been severely damaged over Cogden Gill, in Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire, was a popular viewing spot when riders of the opening stage of the Tour de France crossed it in July 2014

The bridge that has been severely damaged over Cogden Gill, in Grinton Moor, North Yorkshire, was a popular viewing spot when riders of the opening stage of the Tour de France crossed it in July 2014 

Floods have washed through homes, destroyed roads, vehicles and buildings and trapped animals in fields in the Dales

Floods have washed through homes, destroyed roads, vehicles and buildings and trapped animals in fields in the Dales

In less than an hour the rain was pouring off the hillsides, forming rivers through the roads of Swaledale in the Dales yesterday

In less than an hour the rain was pouring off the hillsides, forming rivers through the roads of Swaledale in the Dales yesterday

Jack Stephenson stands in his totally ruined bedroom in his home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, today after the flooding

Jack Stephenson stands in his totally ruined bedroom in his home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, today after the flooding

 

It follows major flooding in the past few years in Britain in the likes of Cumbria during Storm Desmond in 2015, in York from the Ouse and River Foss in the same year, and the Somerset Levels around the Parrett and Tone in 2014.

The Government has said it is providing £2.6billion to combat flooding over the next six years, delivering more than 1,000 projects to protect 300,000 homes. This is on top of £1billion by 2020 to maintain flood defences.

Emergency services in the Dales urged villagers and tourists to remain indoors, with mountain rescue teams sent to save a man and woman who were stranded 100ft up a cliff clinging on ‘by their fingernails’ at Filey Brigg.

North Yorkshire was pounded by hailstones, while Malham Tarn in the Dales had more than 3.2in (82mm) of rain in 24 hours, most in the space of four hours. The monthly average in the area for this time of year is 3.5in (89mm). 

This morning's weather

This afternoon's weather

Some areas will face further heavy rain today with the Met Office warning storms could bring up to 1.6in (40mm) in two hours

North Yorkshire was pounded by hailstones, while Malham Tarn in the Dales had more than 3.2in (82mm) of rain in 24 hours

North Yorkshire was pounded by hailstones, while Malham Tarn in the Dales had more than 3.2in (82mm) of rain in 24 hours 

Denise Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her home in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which was hit by a wall of mud

Denise Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her home in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which was hit by a wall of mud

Residents try to deal with the devastating flooding in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales after a huge amount of rainfall

Residents try to deal with the devastating flooding in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales after a huge amount of rainfall

A collapsed wall is pictured this morning after being washed away by the flooding in Reeth, North Yorkshire

A collapsed wall is pictured this morning after being washed away by the flooding in Reeth, North Yorkshire

A car being driven through flood water in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours

A car being driven through flood water in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours

A woman walks through floodwater outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in North Yorkshire today following the heavy rain

A woman walks through floodwater outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in North Yorkshire today following the heavy rain

The main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire is completely blocked this morning following a mud slide in torrential rain

The main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire is completely blocked this morning following a mud slide in torrential rain

The clear-up begins this morning following heavy rainfall in Grinton, North Yorkshire, as young and old work together

The clear-up begins this morning following heavy rainfall in Grinton, North Yorkshire, as young and old work together

Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours

Flood water outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain in 24 hours

A man takes a photograph of a collapsed bridge near Grinton today after parts of the region suffered severe rainfall

A man takes a photograph of a collapsed bridge near Grinton today after parts of the region suffered severe rainfall

Homes and buildings were flooded as flash flooding hit part of North Yorkshire after almost a month's rain fell in four hours

Homes and buildings were flooded as flash flooding hit part of North Yorkshire after almost a month’s rain fell in four hours

A man looks down at the mud after the main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire was completely blocked this morning

A man looks down at the mud after the main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire was completely blocked this morning 

Steve Clough of Swaledale Mountain Rescue said the team responded yesterday at about 4pm to flooding in North Yorkshire and spent over eight hours searching properties in the area, rescuing about ten people.

He said: ‘The conditions were so bad that in the end only about 10 or 12 team members could make it there. The roads were a raging torrent and there were sheds and household oil tanks floating down them.’  

Mr Clough added that North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service helped many more and estimated ‘100 or more’ homes had been affected. ‘Some homes had a metre of water in them – it was horrific,’ he said. 

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents in Leyburn and Reeth yesterday evening as summer storms sweep through the area. 

A man drives along a flooded road near Grinton, North Yorkshire, following severe weather that has hit the region

A man drives along a flooded road near Grinton, North Yorkshire, following severe weather that has hit the region

A house is surrounded by floodwater in Yorkshire today following severe flooding that has hit parts of northern England

A house is surrounded by floodwater in Yorkshire today following severe flooding that has hit parts of northern England

Jack Stephenson stands in his ruined front room in Fremington, North Yorkshire, this morning following the flooding

Jack Stephenson stands in his ruined front room in Fremington, North Yorkshire, this morning following the flooding

A Vauxhall van is driven through floodwater in North Yorkshire this morning following heavy rain that has hit the region

A Vauxhall van is driven through floodwater in North Yorkshire this morning following heavy rain that has hit the region

Flooding on a field in North Yorkshire this morning, after parts of the region had an extremely high amount of rainfall

Flooding on a field in North Yorkshire this morning, after parts of the region had an extremely high amount of rainfall

The main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire is completely blocked this morning following a mud slide in torrential rain

The main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire is completely blocked this morning following a mud slide in torrential rain

A woman has a drink while trying to protect the Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire from further flooding this morning

A woman has a drink while trying to protect the Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire from further flooding this morning

Jack Stephenson stands in his ruined kitchen in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after it was hit by a wall of mud and water

Jack Stephenson stands in his ruined kitchen in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after it was hit by a wall of mud and water

Mr Stephenson surveys the scene in his living room in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after torrential weather hit the area

Mr Stephenson surveys the scene in his living room in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after torrential weather hit the area

Mr Stephenson holds the fridge-freezer as he stands in his ruined kitchen today at home in Fremington, North Yorkshire

Mr Stephenson holds the fridge-freezer as he stands in his ruined kitchen today at home in Fremington, North Yorkshire

Mr Stephenson walks out of his ruined home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, which was hit by a wall of mud and water

Mr Stephenson walks out of his ruined home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, which was hit by a wall of mud and water

A spokesman said: ‘We had several appliances, as well as our swift water rescue teams and high volume pumping appliance within the area attending various incidents involving flooded properties and cars stuck in flood water.’

Train passengers faced disruption after a landslip between Carlisle and Skipton. Northern Rail said trains had been suspended between Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen. 

The bridge that has been severely damaged over Cogden Gill, in Grinton Moor, was a popular viewing spot when riders of the opening stage of the Tour de France crossed it in July 2014.

It is also on the route of the Men’s Elite Road Race for prestigious UCI World Championships, coming to Yorkshire in September.

A recovery van tries to get through the main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire this morning which has been blocked

A recovery van tries to get through the main road into Reeth in North Yorkshire this morning which has been blocked

Mud was washed from nearby fields, destroying walls and settling across the road in Reeth, North Yorkshire

Mud was washed from nearby fields, destroying walls and settling across the road in Reeth, North Yorkshire

The clear-up begins today following heavy rainfall in Grinton, North Yorkshire, which has devastated the local area

The clear-up begins today following heavy rainfall in Grinton, North Yorkshire, which has devastated the local area

Fast-flowing water travels past the collapsed bridge following heavy rainfall on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire

Fast-flowing water travels past the collapsed bridge following heavy rainfall on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire

A shed washed away in the flooding in Reeth ended up on a driveway a long distance from where it was fixed today

A shed washed away in the flooding in Reeth ended up on a driveway a long distance from where it was fixed today

The clear-up begins this morning following heavy rainfall in Grinton, where almost a month's worth of rain fell in four hours

The clear-up begins this morning following heavy rainfall in Grinton, where almost a month’s worth of rain fell in four hours

Denise Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her garden in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which was hit by flooding

Denise Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her garden in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which was hit by flooding

Ms Maxwell looks out from her front door after her home in Reeth, North Yorkshire, was devastated by the flooding

Ms Maxwell looks out from her front door after her home in Reeth, North Yorkshire, was devastated by the flooding

Ms Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her house in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which she is mopping up today

Ms Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her house in Reeth, North Yorkshire, which she is mopping up today

Two people look at how a bridge collapsed following heavy rainfall on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire

Two people look at how a bridge collapsed following heavy rainfall on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire

Yorkshire 2019 CEO Andy Hindley said: ‘At the current time, our thoughts are with those affected by the flooding. We will address any damage to race routes with North Yorkshire County Council in due course.’

Richard Hay, rescue controller at Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, said: ‘We deployed our members and boats. It was pretty much a rolling incident and we attended around six separate incidents. 

‘People were trapped upstairs in flooded houses and we provided welfare checks on them, then our colleagues from the fire and rescue service evacuated them.

‘Businesses in the area will be affected by a loss of visitors. It is the busiest time of the year for tourism and businesses that rely on visitors will lose out because the villages have been cut off.’

People work to clear the area after heavy rainfall in Grinton, with the region still braced for more severe conditions

People work to clear the area after heavy rainfall in Grinton, with the region still braced for more severe conditions

A close-up view of the collapsed bridge on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire which was destroyed by the severe weather

A close-up view of the collapsed bridge on Grinton Moors in North Yorkshire which was destroyed by the severe weather

Ms Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her garden in Reeth, which was hit by a wall of mud and water

Ms Maxwell stands among the devastation caused to her garden in Reeth, which was hit by a wall of mud and water

Ms Maxwell mops up after the devastation caused to her home in Reeth following severe flooding in the area

Ms Maxwell does her best to clean her home in Reeth

Ms Maxwell mops up after the devastation caused to her home in Reeth following severe flooding in the area

Jack Stephenson stands in his totally ruined home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after flooding hit the area yesterday

Jack Stephenson stands in his totally ruined home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, after flooding hit the area yesterday

Mr Stephenson stands in his totally ruined bedroom in his home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, following the flooding

Mr Stephenson stands in his totally ruined bedroom in his home in Fremington, North Yorkshire, following the flooding

A man drives along a flooded road today near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had extreme rainfall

A man drives along a flooded road today near Grinton, North Yorkshire, after parts of the region had extreme rainfall

Rain in North Yorkshire has brought devastation to parts of the Yorkshire Dales including Swaledale

Rain in North Yorkshire has brought devastation to parts of the Yorkshire Dales including Swaledale

Flood defences outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain

Flood defences outside Dales Cafe and Cakery in Yorkshire today, after parts of the region had up to 82.2mm of rain

A fast-flowing river goes through the site of a collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire this morning

A fast-flowing river goes through the site of a collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire this morning

Brymor Ice Cream in Masham, North Yorkshire, said staff treated customers for ‘minor injuries’ after hail shattered parts of its shop roof.

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‘The storm that hit the Yorkshire Dales yesterday totally took us by surprise, the deluge of rain and hailstones hit us hard, in literally minutes,’ it said in a statement. ‘We’ve never seen anything quite like this at Brymor before.’

The ice cream maker said power lines, drains and phones were all affected ‘in a very short space of time’ but that it hoped to open again on Wednesday following a ‘clean-up operation’.

Pictures and videos on social media showed widespread flooding across the Swaledale area in the Yorkshire Dales. Roads resembled rivers, with many cars stranded, and fields were under water.

The A555 Manchester Airport Link Road has been closed for a third day in a row this morning due to flooding

The A555 Manchester Airport Link Road has been closed for a third day in a row this morning due to flooding

Flooding closed the A555 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, after parts of northern England were hit by heavy rain

Flooding closed the A555 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, after parts of northern England were hit by heavy rain

Flooding has closed the A555 today in Stockport, Greater Manchester, as the north of England is hit by severe weather

Flooding has closed the A555 today in Stockport, Greater Manchester, as the north of England is hit by severe weather

A motorist drives along a flooded road near Grinton in North Yorkshire today after parts of the region suffered heavy rain

A motorist drives along a flooded road near Grinton in North Yorkshire today after parts of the region suffered heavy rain

Sheep are at risk following the devastating flooding at Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales yeterday

Sheep are at risk following the devastating flooding at Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales yeterday

The violent hail and rain storms have caused chaos for locals, with a bridge collapsed in the Yorkshire Dales village of Grinton

The violent hail and rain storms have caused chaos for locals, with a bridge collapsed in the Yorkshire Dales village of Grinton

A man drives a quad bike through the flooding in the Yorkshire Dales following devastating conditions in Swaledale

A man drives a quad bike through the flooding in the Yorkshire Dales following devastating conditions in Swaledale

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents yesterday

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it received around 115 calls to flooding incidents yesterday

Pictures on the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team Facebook page showed a bridge that had collapsed on the road between Grinton and Leyburn.

Britain’s ten hottest years on record are since 2002 

The UK’s 10 hottest years in records stretching back to the 19th century have all occurred since 2002, the Met Office has said.

Analysis of temperature records which have been extended back to 1884 also reveals that none of the 10 coldest years have occurred since 1963, showing how the climate is warming.

In the Met Office’s latest annual state of the climate report, the temperature series for the UK has been extended back by 26 years from 1910, as the data was added as part of ongoing work to digitise historic weather records.

Dr Mark McCarthy, head of the Met Office’s national climate information centre, said: ‘Looking back further into the UK’s weather reveals a very interesting timeline, with the top ten warmest years at the most recent end, since 2002.

‘Extending the record back by 26 years from 1910 to 1884 didn’t bring in any new warm years, but it did bring in a number of new cold years, including several that are now within the top ten coldest years.’ 

The top 10 hottest years are (in order): 2014; 2006; 2011; 2007; 2017; 2003; 2018; 2004; 2002; and 2005.

The coldest years in the record are: 1892; 1888; 1885; 1963; 1919; 1886; 1917; 1909; 1887; and 1962.

The team said: ‘Please note heavy flooding on all roads in the Swaledale area only travel if essential as many routes impassable. Although water levels are slowly easing some bridges are out and lots of debris on the roads.’

A mountain biking event due to take place in Reeth at the weekend has been cancelled due to the flooding. 

The organisers of Ard Rock said they were ‘heartbroken’ and advised visitors not to travel to the site.

The event team said on Facebook: ‘Flash flooding in the Swaledale valley has flooded roads, homes, land and submerged the Ard Rock site.

‘Right now we are doing everything in our power to ensure our team on the ground is safe, and we can support all those who need help.

‘The rainfall and situation is unprecedented in this area. Access to the area is blocked by emergency services from all roads. Please do not travel.’

Farmer Raymond Caldert told BBC Breakfast that the flooding in Grinton was the worst he had ever seen and, if the festival due to take place next weekend had been running, lives could have been lost.

He said: ‘I haven’t seen anything like this. We had a storm here about 20 years ago, called Hurricane Charlie. I think this has been worse.’

He said the Ard Rock festival site would have been devastated. ‘It could have been worse for loss of life. If they had been here, it would have been devastating.’

Mr Caldert added that he had not lost any livestock but the flood washed away most of his 160 bales of silage. 

A collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire today after parts of the region suffered severe flooding

A collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire today after parts of the region suffered severe flooding

Water flows through the site of the collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire today following severe rainfall in the area

Water flows through the site of the collapsed bridge near Grinton in North Yorkshire today following severe rainfall in the area

A bridge collapsed as flash flooding hit part of Swaledale in North Yorkshire after almost a month's rain fell in four hours

A bridge collapsed as flash flooding hit part of Swaledale in North Yorkshire after almost a month’s rain fell in four hours

Cars had to be abandoned in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales following the extreme rainfall in the summer storms

Cars had to be abandoned in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales following the extreme rainfall in the summer storms

A horse eats from a hay bale as it stands in the muddy terrain following in Swaledale following the terrible flooding

A horse eats from a hay bale as it stands in the muddy terrain following in Swaledale following the terrible flooding

A man pours water out of a building in Swaledale following extreme flooding in the Yorkshire Dales yesterday

A man pours water out of a building in Swaledale following extreme flooding in the Yorkshire Dales yesterday

Flash floods have devastated parts of the Yorkshire Dales after a month's rain fell in just an hour, destroying bridges

Flash floods have devastated parts of the Yorkshire Dales after a month’s rain fell in just an hour, destroying bridges

Many routes throughout the Dales were left impassable today after 2in (50mm) of rain and hailstones the size of sweets

Many routes throughout the Dales were left impassable today after 2in (50mm) of rain and hailstones the size of sweets

A fridge and washing machine are seen in the garden of a property in Grinton, North Yorkshire, following severe flooding

A fridge and washing machine are seen in the garden of a property in Grinton, North Yorkshire, following severe flooding

The Met Office said: ‘Rain will be persistent and heavy in places across parts of central, northern and eastern England and north-east Wales at first on Wednesday.

‘During the day rain may turn more showery in places but with a higher chance of thunderstorms by afternoon.

‘Some parts of northern England could see as much as 40mm to 60mm of rain through Wednesday, while thunderstorms could produce as much as 30 to 40mm in one to two hours.’

The weather is a stark contrast from last Thursday when Britain recorded its hottest day on record, with 101.7F (37.7C) in Cambridge, breaking the previous record of 101.3F (38.5C) set in Faversham, Kent, in August 2003.  

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