Torrential downpours across much of the country have broken the heatwave that gripped the country last week.
As motorists struggle through flooded roads the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain across parts of the Midlands, the North West of England, Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland until midnight on Sunday.
Forecasters said that parts of the North West had seen 40mm to 50mm of rain in about 24 hours, with 52.2mm recorded between 11am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday at Greenfield near Oldham.
“Bit wet in Manchester: M60 like a pool and local roads not much better”
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Meteorologist Helen Roberts said that the monthly average rainfall for the North West in July was 89.5mm.
She added: “This is a lot of rain to fall in the space of 24 hours, especially given the rain has been very consistent and there have been heavy bursts within it.”
The Environment Agency has issued six flood warnings across the Midlands, North West, and east of England.
It urged people to avoid swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water.
Parts of the North West were hit with floods with cars left almost fully submerged.
Greater Manchester Police on Sunday morning tweeted a picture of a Lamborghini which it said had crashed into the side of the road after its driver lost control on standing water.
RTC M66 near to junction 1
The driver of this Lamborghini lost control on standing water and took out a section of barrier before making off on foot prior to police arrival.
A very expensive mistake…. They don’t make very good boats !
vehicle recovered and enqs ongoing pic.twitter.com/9NfVHPymB6
— GMP Traffic (@gmptraffic) July 28, 2019
Flooding was also reported on train tracks between Manchester Victoria and Southport, with rail users warned to expect delays.
But a Northern Rail spokesman said that while the flooding had been reported at about 8am the line was reopened about 10.30am.
Passengers using Gatwick Airport were warned to check the latest travel information before they fly due to the extreme weather conditions across Europe.