A month's worth of rain forecast to fall in 24 hours as southern England set for soggy start to next week

Get ready for a very wet start to the week, forecasters have warned (Rex)
Get ready for a very wet start to the week, forecasters have warned (Rex)

Just when you thought winter was over forecasters are warning that flooding and even snow could hit parts of the country from Sunday.

Parts of southern England could see a month’s worth of rain fall in little over 24 hours.

The severe weather warning comes just a week after the hottest April day for 70 years, when temperatures hit almost 30 degrees Celsius.

Other parts of the UK, including Yorkshire and Lancashire, will become dry with just isolated showers and temperatures ranging from nine degrees to 11 Celsius.

Scotland will fare better where there will be some sunshine as well as cloud though temperatures will struggle to get above 10 degrees Celsius.

Rain stops play at the county cricket match between Somerset and Yorkshire on Friday (Rex)
Rain stops play at the county cricket match between Somerset and Yorkshire on Friday (Rex)

But the change is going to be marked for the south east of England, East Anglia and up to Lincolnshire at the beginning of next week.

“The south and particularly the south east of England on Sunday and Monday is going to see some very, very wet weather, 25-40 millimetres of rain,’ Met Office meteorologist John West told Yahoo.

He said normally in April, 40 mm is equivalent to a month’s worth of rain.

On higher ground there could also be a mix of snow as well as rain, but it is unlikely to settle on the ground, added West.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for Eastern England and South East England from 9pm on Sunday until midnight on Monday.

Daytime temperatures will struggle to reach 5C (41F) and the Met Office says the rain will also be accompanied by a bitter wind, warned the Met Office.

What a difference a week makes – punters in Cambridge last weekend (Rex)
What a difference a week makes – punters in Cambridge last weekend (Rex)

It all comes just a week after Britain basked in beautiful sunny weather . including warnings handed out to hose running in the London Marathon to take care because of the high temperatures.

The annual event recorded the highest ever temperatures since it began in the 1980s.

Thousands flocked to the beaches and parks across the country to take advantage of the long-waited for good weather after a particularly hard winter in the UK