UK weather forecast – Britain battles severe floods as thunderstorms leave drivers stranded and motorways shut

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DRIVERS were forced to abandon their vehicles after heavy rain led to floods across the UK.

The weather left cars submerged under several feet of water as thunderstorms caused massive travel disruption this morning.

Flooding in Greater Manchester forced drivers to abandon their vehicles
Flooding in Greater Manchester forced drivers to abandon their vehicles
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Cars are trapped in flood water after heavy rainfall overnight in Manchester
Cars are trapped in flood water after heavy rainfall overnight in Manchester
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This Lamborghini crashed into the barrier after the driver lost control on standing water on the M66
This Lamborghini crashed into the barrier after the driver lost control on standing water on the M66
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A partially submerged car tries to get through the flood in Manchester
A partially submerged car tries to get through the flood in Manchester
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This car is partially submerged in Manchester
Cars battled to make their way through huge pools of water
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This man stands near a partially submerged car in Greater Manchester
This man stands near a partially submerged car in Greater Manchester
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The M60 in Greater Manchester was shut after a collision and flooding on the carriageway.

Northern rail have also reported disruption to lines between Wigan Wallgate and Atherton because of flooding.

Images show cars stranded under several feet of water under bridges in Manchester.

A white Lamborghini crashed into a barrier on the M66, after losing control on standing water.

The Met Office issued a “severe” yellow warning for rain today covering vast swathes of the UK, including London, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast.

Forecasters said there is a chance fast flowing or deep floodwater could pose a “danger to life”.

A complex weather front will extend diagonally across the UK, all the way from Argyll in western Scotland to Kent in south east England.

Beneath it, heavy thundery showers have the capacity to cause dreadful driving conditions and flooding in homes.

A Met Office spokesman said:“There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings.

“Where flooding occurs, there is a slight chance of delays or cancellations to train and bus services.

“Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures.

“There is a slight chance of power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses.”

Motorists drive through the rain in North Wales on July 28
Motorists drive through the rain in North Wales on July 28
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This woman discovered protecting herself from the rain with her jacket in the cit of Chester, Cheshire
This woman is protecting herself from the rain with her jacket in the city of Chester, Cheshire
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Vehicles stuck in several feet of water Manchester ahead prompting roads to be closed
Vehicles stuck in several feet of water Manchester ahead prompting roads to be closed
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Flood warnings and alerts have been issued for these areas on July 28
Flood warnings and alerts have been issued for these areas on July 28

‘DANGER TO LIFE’

This weekend’s weather caused travel chaos for holidaymakers trying to leave for their summer getaways.

Yesterday, queues to get into ferries stretched back 10 miles.

It comes after air passengers suffered major disruption on Friday due to the heatwave and a technical problem with the UK’s air traffic control system.

Passengers using Heathrow and Gatwick airports had to contend with delays due to the extreme conditions across Europe.

The air traffic control company Nats said a technical problem with a system at the Swanwick Air Traffic Control centre had been identified shortly after noon, which restricted the rate of arrivals.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the River Trent at Stoke on Trent, saying homes are at risk.

At least 19 flood alerts have also been sent issued for the Midlands and northern England.

A further six flood warnings have been issued by the government.

Temperatures are expected to peak at 23C in Southampton and 22C in Exeter.

Forecasters say 20 to 30mm (an inch) of rain could fall within two to three hours, with 40-60mm (up to two inches) possible in a few locations.

This weekend’s weather is a U-turn from the blistering heatwave Brits faced.

Met Office analysts claim Cambridge recorded 38.7C on Thursday – higher than the 38.5C recorded in Faversham in 2003.


The downpour didn’t appear to stop Brits in Leeds from going out last night.

Some wore Where’s Wally? outfits while others wore Baywatch-inspired outfits.

Some dressed as Native Americans and Cowboys were all smiles, despite going out after the Met Office issued a yellow Weather Warning for rain yesterday for Yorkshire.

These cars have been left stranded under several feet of water in Manchester
These cars have been left stranded under several feet of water in Manchester
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This driver of this luxury car lost control on the road after heavy rainfall
This driver of this luxury car lost control on the road after heavy rainfall
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The driver took out a section of barrier on the M66
The driver took out a section of barrier on the M66
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These cars are trapped in flood water after it rained heavily overnight
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Cars making their way through standing water on the A47 Peterborough

The Met Office has issued a'severe' yellow warning for rain today
The Met Office has issued a ‘severe’ yellow warning for rain today
A group of party-goers dressed in Where's Wally? costumes have an impromptu dance-off on the pavement
A group of party-goers dressed in Where’s Wally? costumes have an impromptu dance-off on the pavement
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This woman tries to keep herself dry with her Baywatch Float as others dressed as lifeguards accompany her
This woman tries to keep herself dry with her Baywatch Float as others dressed as lifeguards accompany her
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This pair dressed as Native Americans share an umbrella to keep dry in rainy conditions in Leeds
This pair dressed as Native Americans share an umbrella to keep dry in rainy conditions in Leeds
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