Weather warnings issued after ‘soaker’ of a day

Weather warnings will continue into the evening after England and Wales suffered a "soaker" of a day on Tuesday.

Some areas saw more than 50mm of rain in less than 12 hours as wind, rain and thunder battered parts of the country.

Met Office meteorologist Steven Keates said: "It's been very autumnal.

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A man cycles past a stranded car on a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A man cycles through a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A man cycles past a stranded car on a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
Spectators look on in the rain during the Men's U23 Individual Time Trial, Ripon to Harrogate.
A stranded car sits on a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
Cars try to make their way through a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A pedestrian walks past a flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A flooded road in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
People walk across the Millennium Bridge on a rainy day in London. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
People walking through heavy rain in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A man runs through heavy rain in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A pedestrian uses their jacket to shelter from the heavy rainfall in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
People walking through heavy rain in Birmingham city centre. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
Cars travelling in heavy rain on the M4 in South Gloucestershire. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
Vehicles go through a partially flooded road near Colnbrook, West London. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
A London bus go through a partially flooded road near Colnbrook, West London. The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for much of England and Wales today, with flooding expected in some areas.
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"After that long dry spell, it's been a bit of a soaker this morning.

"There's been enough rainfall to cause some issues in a few places, and in the last couple of hours we have also seen some thunder in London, across central England and East Anglia."

Boscombe Down in Wiltshire has seen the heaviest rainfall, with 51.2mm falling at the military base near Amesbury in the 12 hours to 1pm.

Heavy rain in Harrogate, Yorkshire, caused problems on the third morning of the cycling Road World Championships, as torrents of water running down the roads caused riders to slip and get a drenching.

A man cycles past a stranded car on a flooded road in Birmingham
A man cycles past a stranded car on a flooded road in Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)

In Birmingham, a car was pictured stranded surrounded by overflowing rain water.

However, Mr Keates described Tuesday as "a very mixed bag for the weather" after Northern Ireland and north-west Scotland remained mostly dry.

Persistent and occasionally heavy rainfall will continue into the evening in some places.

Mr Keates said: "We're looking at a pretty wet rush hour for Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Glasgow as well."

A second band of heavy rain will also make an appearance around the south-west of England.

Despite the "blustery, wet night" ahead, Mr Keates added: "The saving grace is that it's not going to be a particularly cold night, not getting below 11C or 12C."

One weather warning for rain remains in place until 10pm across large swathes of England, alongside 10 flood warnings, and 39 less urgent flood alerts, but as the changeable conditions continue, Mr Keates said: "I wouldn't be surprised if more (warnings) are issued before the week has finished."

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People walk across the Millennium Bridge on a rainy day in London (Ian West/PA)

Prospects will improve on Wednesday as the rain clears, but Mr Keates said "there will still be some remnants (of today's conditions) in the North".

"Temperatures will be around 18C to 21C, about where we should be for the time of year."

Motoring experts have warned commuters to be careful during the turbulent weather.

George Flinton, of the AA, said: "Heavy rain coupled with commuting home in busy traffic can make for some very hazardous driving conditions.

"Road conditions can quickly deteriorate during very heavy rainfall, so drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even or motorways.

"Allow plenty of extra time for your journey and leave twice as much space between you and the car in front to account for greater stopping distances."

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