UK weather forecast – Two weeks of rain to fall today before thunder and gales lash Britain

UK weather forecast – Two weeks of rain to fall today before thunder and gales lash Britain

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FORECASTERS have warned up to two weeks of rain is expected to hit parts of the UK today, heaping further misery on flood-hit areas.

Some seven flood alerts are still in place as the tail-end of Hurricane Humberto continues to lash the UK, bringing travel chaos.

A stranded car sits on a flooded road in Birmingham city centre on Tuesday
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A stranded car sits on a flooded road in Birmingham city centre on Tuesday[/caption]

And the Met Office has urged Brits to take care as gale-force winds of up to 45 miles-per-hour are reportedly set to batter parts of Scotland today.

The fresh warnings come after a month’s rain fell in just six hours on Tuesday – closing four major train and London Tube stations.

Thousands of passengers were delayed as London’s Liverpool Street, Moorgate, St Pauls and Victoria stations were forced to close due to flooding.

But it does not look as though there will be a break in the rain today as heavy showers are forecast.

Greg Dewhurst, a Met Office forecaster, told Mirror Online: “From midnight last night to midnight tonight, some places in Scotland will get 40mm of rain.

“There could be 20mm in northern England and Wales. Since midnight we’ve had rainfall up to 15mm across north-west England and Wales.

“A band of rain is pushing east across UK. That band will clear during the early hours of this morning, although it may linger in some eastern parts.

“It’s also going to be breezy, with the strongest gale-force gusts in Shetland and Orkney reaching 45 miles-per-hour.

“We could be facing rain for the next three weeks. There are signs it may become a bit drier and brighter towards the second week of October.”

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It comes after footage showed commuters wading through ankle-deep water at train stations on Tuesday.

In Birmingham, Liverpool and Southampton drivers abandoned their cars and waded through water.

The Circle, District, Hammersmith and City, Metropolitan and London Overground were all rocked by delays.

Swansea in South Wales saw the highest rainfall between midnight on Monday and midnight on Tuesday, with 57.8mm recorded.

Meanwhile, Boscombe Down in Wiltshire experienced 55.2mm of rainfall over the same period – the highest in England.

Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall said the September rainfall average for parts of southern England – which includes Wiltshire – was 65mm.

He added: “Some stations in central southern England saw nearly a month’s rainfall in a day.”

Despite the wet weather, Mr Miall said the UK had still not reached its average monthly rainfall for September, which is 96mm.

UK weather forecast: Commuters at Moorgate station in London waded through ankle-deep water
UK weather forecast: Rain poured from the roof of Liverpool Street Station
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UK weather forecast: Commuters passing through Tower Bridge waded through water

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