BRITAIN has been battered by torrential rain and thunderstorms today with a danger to life warning put in place by the Met Office – and it is set to continue.
Herstmonceux, in East Sussex, has seen the worst of the rain so far today with 43.4mm falling – almost the equivalent of a month’s rain falling in just one day for that area.
5 The Met Office has warned there is a danger to life in south east England with yellow warnings also in placeCredit: Met Office
5 A Seat driver tackles a flooded road in StevenageCredit: Rex Features
The monthly average is 50mm for this time of year.
And there’s no sign the downpours will stop any time soon, with a yellow warning in place until Thursday at the earliest.
Many parts of southern England have also been hit by “heavy” thunderstorms today, according to the Met Office.
Kent and East Sussex have seen the worst of these and they are expected to last through tonight but they have also cropped up in Exeter and South Wales.
The combination of rain and thunderstorms has led the Met Office to issue an amber warning for most of the south east stretching from Oxford to the Kent coast.
It warns homes and businesses are “likely to be flooded” and “fast-flowing floodwater is possible, causing danger to life”.
Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall told The Sun Online there was also a danger of flooding and surface flooding on roads in many areas but the worst affected parts would be eastern England stretching from Scotland to The Wash.
The weather conditions would mean temperatures stay well below average for today and tomorrow, hovering around the 12-14C mark although north-west Scotland would be warmer at 17-18C.
Temperatures in the south east though could hit 19C tomorrow.
A huge tornado has already hit the West Country.
It was spotted by local man Rich Yeo as he drove along a country lane near Polzeath on the North Cornwall coast yesterday.
Rich said the glowering skies were also lit up by flashes of lightning as thunderstorms hit the area.
And in Scotland, a dramatic twister was spotted in the Highlands.
Hill walker John Moran captured the amazing sight as he was trekking in the Bennachie range of hills in Aberdeenshire.
He posted the clip to a popular Scottish hillwalking Facebook group yesterday writing: “Twister up Bennachie today”.
The Environment Agency has one flood alert on the River Ravensbourne in London covering the boroughs of Lewisham, Bromley, Greenwich and Croydon.
It said there was a risk of flooding for low-lying land, gardens and roads that are close to the river between 7am and 6pm.
The EA added: “We are actively monitoring the situation and are prepared to respond if required.
Bookies have slashed the odds on this month being the wettest June on record.
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Coral has cut its odds from 5/4 to 1/2.
“With a yellow weather warning in place, this week could be one of the wettest of the year and as a result, we have slashed the odds on this month being a record wet June,” said Coral’s John Hill.
“Not only is this week going to be a washout, the betting suggests the wind speed could reach as high as 100mph in mainland UK so at the moment, summer seems a long way off,” added Hill.
5 Tourists brave the rain in Eastbourne, Sussex
5 This pedestrian in South West London narrowly avoided a soakingCredit: Alamy Live News
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