Yellow weather warning issued, with heavy rain and flooding predicted
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for south-east England, with heavy rain and flooding predicted.
Downpours and even thunderstorms are expected to hit the country today as the weather continues to get worse following the departure of Storm Miguel.
Rainfall will be far heavier than the light showers experienced yesterday, with forecasters warning residents to prepare for potential flooding and disruption from Portsmouth to Hull.
Heavy rain will push into south-east England early this morning and is likely to last until the end of the day.
The Met Office said there is a chance of businesses, homes and infrastructure being flooded, causing disruption to train and bus services.
This would also lead to dangerous conditions and delays for drivers, who may encounter closures if roads are cut off by the water.
Forecasters also warned that some communities could become cut off.
The Met Office enlarged its warning zone after realising that the downpours were going to affect a bigger area than originally expected.
Further yellow weather warnings have been issued for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for east and north England, as the rain shifts northwards.
The majority of Scotland, Northern Ireland, north-west England and west Wales can expect a relatively dry and bright day today, with elsewhere likely to be cloudy.
A netweather.tv spokesman said: "The rain will be heavy in places and persistent, with large amounts bringing the risk of flooding to some parts in an awful day made worse by a gusty north or north easterly wind.
"What's disappointing for some however is good news for others, as much of the rain is going to fall across the fields of eastern England where it's most needed.
"It'll be very cool in the rain with temperatures no higher than 13 or 14C. Where you have shelter and see the best of the sunshine in Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland, a more respectable 16 to 18C is more likely.
"During the evening and overnight Northern Ireland and much of Scotland should continue to be mostly dry, apart from a few showers towards the Firth of Forth. There'll be clear spells in the west where it'll turn chilly in a mostly light northerly breeze.
"Much of northern England could well turn wet as rain moves up from the South, with the remainder of England and Wales seeing further outbreaks of rain or showers. Despite a chilly and blustery north or north-east wind, however, temperatures shouldn't fall 8 to 11C."
The site added that the poor weather will likely disrupt the World Cup Cricket at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The Met Office predicts rains and strong winds across Wales, the south-west, central and north England tomorrow.
It has also raised the possibility of thunderstorms in the south-east, although Scotland and Northern Ireland will enjoy a fairly dry and bright day.
There will still potential flooding from Wednesday to Friday as heavy showers continue, particularly across east England, although north-western areas should see dry weather.
The weather has gone downhill from Sunday, when the UK saw sunny spells and scattered rain, despite Storm Miguel.
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