UK flood hell as Britain lashed by two weeks' worth of rain in just 24 hours

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PARTS of the UK have been flooded after Britain was lashed by two weeks’ worth of rain in just 24 hours.

ABANDONED: some drivers in Manchester were forced to leave their vehicles (Pic: Getty)

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.

MISERY: Motorists,pedestrians and public transport users were all affected (Pic: Getty)

“Bit wet in Manchester: M60 like a pool and local roads not much better”

Darren Monks on Twitter

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.

WARNING: Despite police advice some drivers got into trouble (Pic: Getty)

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.

MOIST: Drivers had been advised to avoid swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water (Pic: Getty)

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.



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