Britain submerged by month-worth of rain in 24 hours amid dozen flood alerts

Britain has been hit by a string of flood alerts after the country was deluged by a month's worth of rain in 24 hours.

The Environment Agency has issued the notifications after a day of torrential rain and thunderstorms on Friday.

They are mainly centred on the south-east of England, Wiltshire and the West Midlands, as well as Northants and Cambridgeshire.

Warnings are also in place for the River Loden and River Blackwater at Swallowfield, Berkshire.

They come after the Met Office said more than a month's rainfall fell in parts of the south-east on Friday, The Mirror reports.

It said there will be showers affecting northwestern parts of the UK and outbreaks of rain reaching southern England later, some heavy with a risk of thunder.

They will move north to the midlands this evening with Sunday mostly cloudy in the south and further rain or showers.

There will also be some showers for northern Scotland and Northern Ireland but drier elsewhere with some bright or sunny spells.

Hampshire and Buckinghamshire have seen heavy rain over the past 24 hours while Bedfordshire has also endured wet conditions.

On Saturday, temperatures will range from highs of 19C in London and Cardiff to 18C in Belfast and 17C in Edinburgh.

Met Office spokesman Aidan McGivern said it would start off dry and fine but told weather watchers to expect some more rain.

He said: "By the end of Saturday further thunderstorms from France will drift north into southern part of the UK and it's the rain or showers from those thunderstorms that will affect the UK on Saturday night and into much of Sunday."

"The south of England will see cloud, with thicker cloud feeding in ahead of more thunderstorms developing in France. Depending on how quickly the cloud moves in, that will have a knock-on effect with the temperatures.

"If it stays dry and brighter for longer, then low 20s (centigrade) and feeling pleasant enough in the sunny spells elsewhere. Certainly a warmer day in the south-east compared to Friday."

The Environment Agency has urged drivers not to plough through flood water, warning that just 1ft of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to ‘lots of standing water’ on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.

The Environment Agency has urged drivers not to plough through flood water, warning that just 1ft of flowing water is enough to float a vehicle.

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has also alerted drivers to ‘lots of standing water’ on the roads, while the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVLA) has issued advice on driving safely through summer showers.

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