Parts of Britain deluged with half a month's rain in 12 hours

Parts of Britain deluged with half a month's rain in 12 hours

Half a month's worth of rain fell in parts of the UK on Monday night as the summer dry spell came to an abrupt end.

Due to a weather system bringing warm, moist air from the Atlantic, West Glamorgan in Wales saw about 1.5in (39.2mm) of rain in just 12 hours.

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With national rainfall averages for the month of August coming in at 3.5in (89.5mm), Met Office meteorologist Mark Wilson said it was "quite a lot", especially after a dry July.

He added: "Quite a few places in the south of the UK - the West Country in particular - saw about an inch of rain or 25mm-30mm.

"Interestingly, last month, the Isle of Wight saw barely any rain at all - yet through the course of that 12-hour period on Monday they saw 23mm (0.9in )of rain at St Catherine's Point."

Swanage in Dorset recorded 1.3in (33.6mm) in 12 hours, Wych Cross in East Sussex saw just over 1in (26.4mm) in that same period and Alice Holt Lodge in Hampshire clocked up almost 1in (25.2mm), while Larkhill in Wiltshire saw 0.9in (23.2mm).

Mr Wilson said: "The rain is gradually easing off, but it is still hanging around across some southern counties, so it will bring some further rain over the course of today."

He said temperatures are around average for the time of the year and on Tuesday highs of around 24C (75.2F) can be expected.

By the end of the day Mr Wilson said it will "turn dry across England and Wales, but we will see the rain across Northern Ireland pushing its way gradually into Scotland and northern parts".

On Wednesday there will be another area of low pressure pushing in from the Atlantic, which Mr Wilson said will bring quite heavy and frequent showers especially in north- western parts of the UK.

"Right across the UK it will be an unsuitably windy day tomorrow and we could see gusts of up to 35-40mph across western exposures," he added.

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Cheap holidays for August 2016

The ever-popular town of Garda is set around a still, sparkling bay on Lake Garda's eastern shore, dotted with age-old cypress trees. The town's tree-lined promenade stretches along the water's edge for over a mile and is the centre of life in the town. Filled with gelaterias and cafés, it makes a pleasant stroll to historic villa Punta San Vigilio, or along the water to Bardolino. Look closely and you might spot the peninsular of Sirmione on the lake's southern shore. Hotel Miravilli is as simple as it gets and the perfect base for enjoying the lake. Thomson Lakes & Mountains offers a seven-night holiday on a bed and breakfast basis from £331 per person, departing London on 10 August and including transfers.

Britain is an excellent place to explore this summer and if you haven't yet discovered the delights of Derbyshire or South Yorkshire, now is the time. Great Little Breaks is offering 35 per cent off its Chatsworth House Break, which includes a two-night stay at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, with tea and cake on arrival, breakfast on both mornings, dinner on one evening and two tickets to Chatsworth House, where Pride & Prejudice was filmed, for £105 per person throughout August. The Holiday Inn Royal Victoria is a well-restored historic hotel with a charm that escapes most city hotels. Ideally located in the heart of Sheffield, the hotel benefits from numerous transport links as well as several exciting local attractions.

For a Greek island getaway, head for Rhodes and enjoy the peaceful setting and views of Lindos Acropolis from Rafael Studios. Boasting an away-from-it-all setting and typically Greek interiors, the traditional property is ideal for experiencing a quiet summer escape. The place comes with a backdrop of craggy mountains and is bordered by miles of greenery - bliss! Thomson offers seven-night holidays to Rhodes staying at Rafael Studios on a self-catering basis from £335 per person. The price includes flights departing from Birmingham on 3 August 2016 and transfers.

Rome is a treat any time of year and no visit is complete without taking in some of the most iconic landmarks, such as the Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican City and St. Peter's Basilica. Citalia is offering a three-night break in Rome, staying at the lovely three-star Hotel Piccadilly, just a 20-minute walk from the Colosseum, on a bed and breakfast basis from £309 per person this August. The offer includes return flights from Heathrow with Alitalia, departing 22 August 2016.

In the heart of the magnificent Loire Valley region of France, Domaine de Dugny is a top-quality family-friendly holiday village, where there is plenty onsite to keep the children entertained including swimming pools with water slides, free kids’ clubs, a boating lake and play area. The UNESCO-protected château and village of Chaumont-sur-Loire is also just a 15-minute drive away for the perfect summer day out. is offering 40 per cent off a seven-night holiday from 20 August, staying in an Esprit t​hree​-bedroom holiday home with kitchenette and outdoor terrace. Prices start from £457.80 for up to eight people sharing. ​Book a return ferry from Dover to Calais from under £150 per party with P&O Ferries.

If it's heat you're after, Dubai is hot, hot, hot this time of year. Head on a world-class holiday to explore the endless marvels of the Emirate state, where you can spend the day by the pool, shop at the many shopping centres, relax on the beaches or dine in the city’s top-notch restaurants. Teletext Holidays is offering a saving of 28 per cent on a five-night trip, staying in the four-star Marina View Hotel Apartments on a bed and breakfast basis, from just £430 per person. Flights depart at the end of the month on 31 August 2016. The hotel provides an array of amenities and services, including a gym, swimming pool, hair and beauty salon, as well as the cosmopolitan restaurant, Mosaic.

For all-out luxury in Dubai, look no further than the decadent Palazzo Versace Dubai, where you can indulge in landscaped gardens, lagoon pools and stay in stunning surroundings of sumptuous Italian furnishings and striking interiors. This summer, you can treat yourself to a last-minute getaway at the five-star hotel, one of the Emirates' newest openings. Enjoy great savings of up to 40 per cent off your room or suite throughout the month of August. A stay in a room costs just £145 (720AED) per night, rather than £243 (1,200AED) per night and includes accommodation in a room designed exclusively by the House of Versace and a buffet breakfast for two at beautiful restaurant, Giardino.

Mallorca is one of the most desirable destinations for a summer holiday thanks to its glorious beaches, dreamy countryside and beautiful honey-stone villages. Experience rural Mallorca by staying in the centre of the island at the charming Hotel Son Xotano, close to Binissalem (pictured), where you can indulge in relaxation and authenticity. The hotel boasts rustic style and has just 14 guestrooms - it's a wonderful base to discover the real Mallorca. Expedia is offering a five-night holiday at Hotel Son Xotano with flights departing Stansted on 15 August 2016, from £307 per person.

Looking to go long-haul? Thailand is ideal for an Asian beach escape and offers luxury hotels, stunning beaches and spa heaven. This August you can save 27 per cent on a luxury holiday in Hua Hin at the four-star Evason Hua Hin Resort with Emirates Holidays, via Travelzoo. The deal includes six nights at the resort in an Evason Room with breakfast and return Emirates flights from Glasgow departing 24, 29 or 31 August 2016, from £597 per person. Located in the peaceful area of Pranburi, Evason Hua Hin is a superb place for couples and families to retreat and enjoy a relaxing holiday together.

For the ultimate bargain break in Spain with the chance to discover the best local secrets, join Theo, Monique and their baby Max for a fabulous homestay in their sunny apartment in the centre of Alicante from just £14 per double room per night with As well as enjoying the terrace and being just five minutes from the beach, you can get to know all of the best local bars and cafes thanks to great recommendations from Theo and Monique. The cost of a three-night stay with breakfast for two people is £42 in August. Direct flights from the UK to Alicante cost an average of £164 return per person, meaning the three-night holiday for two people is priced from £370.

Summer isn't the cheapest time to visit New York but we've found an amazing deal you won't want to miss, which combines a trip to the Big Apple with a stay at a luxurious landmark hotel and an few nights in Las Vegas to experience the best of the lively city. My America Holiday is offering three nights at the four-star Roosevelt Hotel in New York and four nights at the four-star Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for just £755 per person. The price is based on room-only accommodation and includes British Airways in-direct flights via Dublin, departing 18 August 2016 from Manchester. Call 0208 003 6081 to book by 3 August 2016.

If it's captivating beauty with simplicity and a laid-back atmosphere you're after, Corfu and the delightful family-run Hotel Yannis Corfu ticks all the right boxes. The rooms are newly renovated and boast contemporary decor, and the hotel is located in the centre of Ipsos, just a 150-metre walk to the beach. Blue Sea Holidays is offering a 'call to book' holiday departing Luton on 21 August and staying seven nights at the hotel on a half-board basis for £439 per person. Call 020 3474 0453 to book.
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