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UK weather forecast: Severe weather warning issued as heavy rainfall hits South and East of England

More torrential rain and stormy weather has been forecast for the UK as clean-up operations begin in areas ravaged by flooding over the weekend.

An amber weather warning is in force across the South-East, South-West and East of England for heavy rainfall, hail and thunderstorms - bringing the risk of more flooding and treacherous driving conditions.

A man cycles through floodwater on the A470 at Machynlleth, Wales, after heavy downpours. Photo credit: PA

In the village of Wiggonholt in West Sussex the equivalent of a month’s worth of rain, 52.4mm, fell in just 14 hours.

The Met Office predicts up to 80mm of rain will fall in London and the South East today.

The flooded gardens of houses in Machynlleth in Powys, Wales. Photo credit: PA

In England, 33 flood alerts and one flood warning have been issued by the Environment Agency which has 'strongly' advised the public to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through floodwater.

Forecasters say a shallow depression coming in from the Atlantic is bringing in intense, slow-moving bands of rain.


During the weekend, hundreds of residents in the village of Pennal, near Machynlleth, Powys, in North Wales, were forced to evacuate their homes following a breach in the dam of a quarry.

Flash flooding wreaked havoc throughout the area.


RAF rescuers had to mount a helicopter evacuation of holidaymakers caught out by a torrent of water at the Aberystwyth Holiday Park.

And the current weather is showing no signs of letting up.

Caravans are damaged by flash floods at a park, near the village of Talybont, Wales. Photo: Getty

Met Office forecaster Dan Williams told Yahoo! News: 'There will be a fair amount of rain and unsettled weather for the week ahead, with the best of any dry and bright spells in the East.

'The South West and Northern Ireland will see showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday.”

'On Thursday, we will see a return to wetter and windier weather as a series of low pressure systems move in from the Atlantic.'


Last night, weather experts warned that Brits won’t see a respite from the miserable ‘monsoon’ weather, at least until mid-July.
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