Torrential rain and ‘flash floods’ to drench Brits after washout weekend

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Heavy downpours and torrential rain could lead to flash flooding, the Met Office has warned Brits.

The UK is forecast to be drenched in more rainfall over the coming days following the washout weekend across the country.

England and Scotland fans watching Friday night's game on screens in London's Leicester square were lashed with rain.

Alex Burkhill, Met Office meteorologist, warned parts of southern England could see 10-15mm or even 20mm in an hour overnight into this morning.

The total rainfall could reach up to 30mm over two to three hours in areas of Essex, Kent, and East Sussex reports the weather agency.

The Environment Agency issued 12 flood alerts spanning areas in greater London, the Midlands, and further up into South Yorkshire.

Several rivers are at risk of bursting and overflooding due to the increase of rainfall Brits are seeing.

Flooding could occur and roads may be cut off, with residents being urged to be prepared.

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Flooding is expected at the Riber Loddon and Blackwater at Swallowfield, Berkshire, with a flood warning in place.

Mr Burkhill said: "It is definitely heavy rain for any time of year but it is not unusual. At this time of year we generally get more intense rain.

"It may not go on as long as the winter and autumn months, but this time of year the rain has a lot more energy because of the warm air and there is a greater risk of flash flooding."

He continued: "Unlike winter when long periods of rain cause water levels to rise and rivers to burst their banks, in summer there are periods of intense rain – really heavy for a short period – and you get flash floods when drains become blocked or are unable to cope with intense rainfall."

Unfortunately, the rain is expected to continue into next week with no sign of the sunshine returning just yet.

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Mr Burkhill said: "The heaviest rain will be in the south east, but partly because of the timing the impacts aren't thought to be heavy enough to warrant a warning at the moment.

"On Monday there will be more showery rain coming up from the south affecting the southern half of England."

He continued: "On Tuesday it is looking like a dryer day, but more wet weather will come in from the west-north-west as we go into the latter half of next week.

"There will be some dryer days but that is not to say that we have come to the end of this unsettled period."

The washout week follows the heatwave that melted the UK at the beginning of the month.

Although meteorologists at the BBC believe the hot weather may make a return in July and last 'several weeks', according to the long-range forecast.

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