BRITAIN’S miserable midsummer monsoon will continue for at least another two soggy weeks.
Some areas have seen as much rain in the past 48 hours as they usually get in the whole of August.
Brighton beach on August 11 with temperatures down to 18C, rain and strong gusts of wind[/caption]
Brighton beach on the hottest day of the year – July 23 – when mercury hit 32C[/caption]
And it could continue into the last week of the month — enough to make it the wettest August on record. The previous high, in 1912, saw an average of 6.5in (167.6mm) rainfall.
Met Office forecaster Becky Mitchell said: “It’s been pretty wet and it looks like it’s going to stay that way until the last week of August. Only then are we expecting to see a break in the clouds.”
The miserable outlook comes after a torrid weekend during which heavy rains and 60mph winds brought travel misery.
Nearly 3in (70mm) of rain fell across the Lake District on Saturday.
Train lines were blocked by flooding between Cumbria and Scotland and between Blackburn and Clitheroe. Ferry passengers heading to Dover were delayed by up to five hours because of choppy seas.
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Last night, the Environment Agency issued three flood warnings urging “immediate action” and 20 “be prepared” flood alerts across the North of England.
In the 48 hours to 9am yesterday, 3.4in (87.6mm) of rain had swamped the region. The average for August is 3.2in (82.4mm).
Cumbria Police Supt Justin Bibby warned drivers: “If people do have to make journeys we would ask them to be vigilant.”
Extreme 35 knot winds have battered this Union Jack flag at Lepe Beach in Hampshire[/caption]
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