Flooding causes rush hour chaos as Met Office warns of heavy downpours

‘Biblical’ downpours spark rush hour chaos: Flooding causes severe delays on the Tube and roads are left underwater in London and Essex as severe weather warning issued with up to three inches set to fall today

  • Heavy downpours of rain caused disruption to road and transport networks across parts of UK this morning
  • Photos and videos shared by commuters this morning show travel chaos caused by flooding in some areas
  • Weather warnings are in place with the Met Office predicting some areas of UK could see up to 50mm of rain 

Biblical downpours have battered parts of Britain overnight leaving commuters facing severe delays and flooded roads this morning as the Met Office warns some areas could see up to three inches of rain today.

Weather warnings are in place from the Met Office as downpours have caused flooding in parts of the country including London where the road and transport networks have been affected.

Forecasters say that St James’ Park in London has recorded 26mm or just more than an inch of rain in the space of an hour this morning while videos from the nearby Knightsbridge and Hammersmith areas show deep flooding affecting roads and businesses.

Meanwhile Transport for London (TfL) has warned of severe delays on the circle and district lines this morning due to flooding which has caused signalling problem.

On the Overground, the service has been suspended between Kensington (Olympia) and Clapham Junction due to flooding in the Imperial Wharf area. 

Commuters in Essex described ‘biblical’ rainfall which has caused major disruption to the C2C rail network.

The Met Office has confirmed that between midnight and 6am this morning, St James’ Park in London saw 35mm of rain while Storrington in West Sussex saw 30mm and Market Bosworth in Leicestershire recorded 29mm.

Weather warnings are in place from the Met Office as downpours have caused flooding in parts of the country where the road and transport networks have been affected this morning. Pictured: Broken down car on a flooded underpass in Wandsworth

Commuters have been warned to allow extra time to travel due to flooding. Pictured: Flooding in Knightsbridge, London

Roads and businesses have been affected by flooding caused by heavy rain this morning. Pictured: Flooding in Knightsbridge

Commuters have been warned to expect disruption due to the poor weather which is set to clear by the end of the day before a spell of brighter weather throughout the rest of the week.

Forecasters predict persistent and at times heavy rain and strong winds for northern England and south-east Scotland while rain will clear to blustery showers and sunny spells in the south and west. 

In a statement, the Met Office said: ‘Rain, accompanied with strengthening winds, will move north and eastwards across the area early on Tuesday, becoming slow-moving over parts of northeast England and, later, also eastern England.

’15-30 mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely. Over eastern and northeastern England, 40-50 mm of rain is likely to fall in some parts with 50-75 mm also possible in a few spots.’

From tomorrow, the Met Office said any early cloud and rain across eastern areas will clear bringing fine weather across Scotland, Wales and England during the day, predicting that it will be dry with lots of sunshine.

Thick cloud will build in from the west across Northern Ireland bringing rain which will spread into western Britain during the evening. 

Pictured: Video captured in Kennington, London, this morning shows traffic negotiating flooded roads after heavy rain

Commuters faced severe delays this morning after heavy rain caused flooding and travel chaos. Pictured: Kennington

Pictured: Cars negotiate severe flooding in Knightsbridge this morning after heavy rain caused disruption across the capital

Major downpours hit large parts of the UK with St James’ Park in London recording 26mm in just one hours this morning

The balmy weather from mid-week will be driven by the remains of Hurricane Sam currently making a beeline for Britain.

The ex-storm system heading across the Atlantic will force high pressure over the UK, experts have said.

It will pull warm air in from the Continent pushing thermometers towards 70F by Thursday, forecasters say.

Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond said: ‘There will be talk of an Indian summer if Sam shoves warm southerly winds and a marked upturn in temperatures our way.’

Jim Dale, meteorologist for British Weather Services, said: ‘The remains of Sam are about to bring a change from the wind and rain to a very nice spell of balmy, sunny weather.

‘The ex-hurricane will move towards Iceland and will allow high pressure to build across Europe and over the UK as balmy air flows in from the south.

Pictured: Torrential downpour captured in Lincolnshire this morning as heavy rain moves east across the country today

Weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for today (left) after heavy rain hit large parts of the UK (right)

Experts say Hurricane Sam (pictured) is moving across the Atlantic and will drive high pressure across Britain from mid week

‘Temperatures will be highest around Wednesday or Thursday. In the sunshine it may feel very warm, and it is safe to say we could be in for an Indian Summer.

‘This spell should last a few days, but the pattern could continue for longer, possibly into mid-month.’

Scotland and parts of north-eastern England will be warmer than southern Britain with highs of around 70F (21C).

London and the southeast could creep towards the 68F (20C) mark with above-average temperatures forecast nationwide. 

However, Britons should grit their teeth for another blast of autumn in the run-up to mid-week.

Mr Dale said: ‘Low pressure will remain in charge through the start of the week and there will be more in the way of wind and rain.

‘Sam comes along on Wednesday and will move close to the jet stream before heading towards Iceland allowing high pressure to build from the Continent.

‘This will bring the change of weather with highs of 70F (21C) in north-east Scotland and parts of northern England, while elsewhere, it could reach 64 to 66F.

‘This Jekyll and Hyde weather is usual for October.’

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