Weekend washout chaos continues: Britain is on flood alert as it faces fourth day of torrential rain with risk of road closures and flight delays
- Weather warning for rain across parts of Midlands, North West of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland
- The downpours could bring flooding and road closures, as well as potential delays to bus and rail services
- Gatwick and Heathrow are urging customers to check status of flights amid warnings of travel disruption
Britain is on flood alert as it faces a fourth day of torrential rain with a risk of road closures and flight delays.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for downpours across parts of the Midlands, the North West of England, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland until midnight on Sunday.
Forecasters say the heavy rainfall could bring flooding and road closures, as well as power cuts and potential delays to bus and rail services.
Cars are seen trapped in flood water on Crossley Road near Levenshulme in Greater Manchester this morning following heavy rainfall overnight
Punters on the River Cam in Cambridge huddled under umbrellas to save themselves from the rain this morning
The tourists went to impressive efforts to stay dry as they were punted along the River Cam today during a huge downpour
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for downpours across parts of the Midlands, the North West of England, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland until midnight on Sunday. Pictured are cars trapped in floodwater in Greater Manchester
A delay in the start of play due to a rain soaked Royal Lytham Golf Course on the final day of the Senior Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club today
Fans arrive at a sodden Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire for the final day of the senior open this morning
It comes after a week in which Britain was hit by hot temperatures and thunderstorms, with the heatwave causing problems for train and air passengers.
Meteorologist Mark Wilson said the next few days would bring a ‘mixed bag’ of weather, but temperatures would be markedly down on Thursday’s record-breaking highs.
He said: ‘The parts of the country covered by the weather warning (on Sunday) can expect to see some heavy rain. There is the potential for disruption with difficult driving conditions and it could affect things like buses or trains.
‘The best of the weather on Sunday will be across south-west areas, where it will be fairly dry with sunny spells and highs of 23 or 24C.’
Overnight on Saturday into Sunday, parts of Scotland saw approximately 40mm of rain, while Cumbria and the North West of England were also hit by downpours.
The potential for disruption comes amid repair work affecting the London St Pancras-Nottingham-Sheffield rail route this weekend.
Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning: The stunning site of the rising sun greeting visitors to Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire
A red glow projected by the rising sun reflected off the sea and sandy beach this morning at Saltburn-by-the-Sea in North Yorkshire
East Midlands Trains (EMT) customers were told to check before heading out on their journeys and not to travel on the route due to a reduced timetable.
Meanwhile, passengers using Heathrow and Gatwick airports have had to contend with delays due to the extreme weather conditions across Europe.
On Sunday morning, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We aim to run a normal schedule today, however due to ongoing adverse weather across Europe, passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest information.’
Heading into next week, heavy showers and thunderstorms could return to parts of the UK on Monday and into Tuesday, while temperatures are likely to be back to normal for the time of year.
Yesterday, drivers faced delays of several hours on the roads of Dover because of gridlocked traffic.
Cross-Channel ferry passengers said they missed their ferries after being stuck in their cars for more than three hours. It has now largely cleared.
Yesterday, drivers faced delays of several hours on the roads of Dover because of gridlocked traffic (pictured)