UK weather: Yellow warning issued for heavy rain in parts of the South East

A yellow weather warning is in place for heavy rain in large parts of southeast England with further downpours expected for much of the coming week.

The Met Office has warned that persistent, heavy rain could lead to potential flooding to homes and affect public transport in an area which includes Kent, Canterbury, West Sussex and Chichester.

Forecasters said the rain was likely to be heavy on Sunday morning in the South East before becoming clearer in the afternoon.

The yellow warning was in place from 1am to 4pm on Sunday.

The Met Office said: "Following recent heavy rain, which has left the ground saturated, a further spell of heavy rain is likely during Sunday morning, clearing eastwards through the afternoon.

"20-30mm of rain is likely fairly widely with some places perhaps seeing 40-50mm."

It said that Monday is forecast to be cloudy with spells of rain mainly in the West, where it will become "very windy" later while remaining brighter in the East.

Heavy rain is predicted to return overnight into Tuesday, making way for sunny spells and showers which will ease on Wednesday, with more rain expected in northwestern areas on Thursday when it is expected to be windy but mild.

Earlier this week, parts of London saw more than half a month's worth of rainfall in one night, as people woke on Thursday to downpours, flooded roads and transport problems.