Published On: Tue, Sep 24th, 2019

UK weather warning: Met Office issues 10 flood warnings – nearly 40 other alerts in place | Weather | News

Some areas were hit by more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours. Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said it had been a “soaker” of a day.

Mr Keates said: “It’s been very autumnal.

“After that long dry spell, it’s been a bit of a soaker this morning.

“There’s been enough rainfall to cause some issues in a few places, and in the last couple of hours we have also seen some thunder in London, across central England and East Anglia.”

The wet weather has caused misery for London commuters who faced delays on their journeys home.

Footage recorded at Liverpool Street station shows water pouring through the ceiling.

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We apologise to passengers whose journeys have been affected by flooding at Liverpool Street station.

“This caused several track circuit failures and we had to close several platforms around 4.30pm while we worked to fix the issue.

“These platforms reopened shortly after 5pm, though there will be residual delays while we restore services.”

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But rain will continue into the evening in some places.

The meteorologist said: “We’re looking at a pretty wet rush hour for Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow as well.”

There will also be heavy rain in the south-west of England.

Despite the “blustery, wet night” ahead, Mr Keates added: “The saving grace is that it’s not going to be a particularly cold night, not getting below 11C or 12C.”

A weather warning for rain is in place until 10pm across large swathes of England as well as 10 flood warnings and 39 flood alerts.

Mr Keates said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if more weather warnings are issued this week.

The rain is due to clear on Wednesday but the meteorologist said there will be “some remnants” in the north.

He added: “Temperatures will be around 18C to 21C, about where we should be for the time of year.”

Meanwhile, George Flinton of the AA warned motorists of “very hazardous driving conditions”.

He said: “Heavy rain coupled with commuting home in busy traffic can make for some very hazardous driving conditions.

“Road conditions can quickly deteriorate during very heavy rainfall, so drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even or motorways.

“Allow plenty of extra time for your journey and leave twice as much space between you and the car in front to account for greater stopping distances.”

On the Met Office’s website the forecast for tonight says: “Heavy rain over northern England easing, leaving a cloudy night for most areas.

“Further showers and outbreaks of rain, particularly across southern England, South Wales as well as east and central Scotland. Gales are likely along coasts in the south.”

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