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Britain is bracing itself for ‘heavy’ storms and floods until next week

Shutting down is no fun in the rain! Shoppers take cover when the sky opens and Britain gets a taste of what it will be like to deal with corona virus this winter

  • The Met Office has issued yellow storm warnings for much of the south and southwest
  • Some parts of the UK can even get up to 20mm of rain in an hour and 30-40mm in a few hours
  • Temperatures can reach 77F (25C) in the east of the country this afternoon and it remains very humid

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British people had a taste of winter shutdown when torrential downpours ravaged much of the country as people lined up outside stores due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Also for bars and restaurants that recently reopened with outdoor dining areas, the Saturday afternoon Flood was a brutal blow to businesses trying to recover from the shutdown.

The Met Office posted a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the south and southwest, with severe disruption expected in the regions.

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain hit large parts of the UK with reports of a few inches falling within a few hours.

The Roman city of Bath experienced torrential downpours this afternoon as shoppers in the city center searched for cover for the showers.

Britain is ravaged today by thunderstorms and torrential rain. Pictured: Shoppers with facial masks in Bath brave a heavy downpour this afternoon

Britain is ravaged today by thunderstorms and torrential rain. Pictured: Shoppers with facial masks in Bath brave a heavy downpour this afternoon

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the south and southwest, with serious disruption in the regions. In the photo: a woman runs to cover in Bath during a rain shower

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the south and southwest, with serious disruption in the regions. In the photo: a woman runs to cover in Bath during a rain shower

The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for much of the south and southwest, with serious disruption in the regions. In the photo: a woman runs to cover in Bath during a rain shower

Roads in Bath seemed flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

Roads in Bath seemed flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

Roads in Bath seemed flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

The abrupt end of the short-lived heat wave in the UK comes just days after hundreds of sunbathers came to Bournemouth, Dorset and Cornwall to enjoy sweltering temperatures of 77F (25C) when official school holidays started.

A spokesman for the Met office said: “There will be some periods of heavy rain, especially by noon to late afternoon over the south coast.

“So there is a function going up the English Channel that will bring some heavier rain to the south coast, with places like Eastbourne and Brighton experiencing heavier showers.”

Today’s temperatures will be a lot cooler than the 37.8 ° C reached on this day last year – the highest temperature ever recorded in the UK. The mercury is expected to hit 77F (25C) in the east this afternoon.

Some parts of the UK can even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm in a few hours. Pictured: Shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Some parts of the UK can even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm in a few hours. Pictured: Shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Some parts of the UK can even get 20mm of rain in just an hour and 30-40mm in a few hours. Pictured: Shoppers in Bath embrace the rain

Heavy rain is disrupting pubs and restaurants during the recovery from the lockdown in Battersea, South London today

Heavy rain is disrupting pubs and restaurants during the recovery from the lockdown in Battersea, South London today

Heavy rain is disrupting pubs and restaurants during the recovery from the lockdown in Battersea, South London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is forecast until late afternoon and showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Shown is a shower in Battersea, South London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is forecast until late afternoon and showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Shown is a shower in Battersea, South London today

Despite a sunny start to the day, heavy rain is forecast until late afternoon and showers will continue into the evening, especially in the west. Shown is a shower in Battersea, South London today

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

Roads in Bath were flooded this afternoon as cars drove through the water after heavy and thunderstorms

On Saturday, the cloud band will bring heavy rain to the south of the country

On Saturday, the cloud band will bring heavy rain to the south of the country

On Sunday there are sunny periods in England and Wales

On Sunday there are sunny periods in England and Wales

On Saturday the cloud band is heavier rain on the south coast (left) and by Sunday there are sunny periods (right)

A woman is holding a colorful umbrella this afternoon on Northcote Road in Battersea, South London to protect herself from the heavy rain

A woman is holding a colorful umbrella this afternoon on Northcote Road in Battersea, South London to protect herself from the heavy rain

A woman is holding a colorful umbrella this afternoon on Northcote Road in Battersea, South London to protect herself from the heavy rain

There are currently five flood warnings in the West Midlands. Pictured: A woman in Battersea, London protects herself from the rain

There are currently five flood warnings in the West Midlands. Pictured: A woman in Battersea, London protects herself from the rain

There are currently five flood warnings in the West Midlands. Pictured: A woman in Battersea, London protects herself from the rain

Rain in London today

Rain in London today

Rain in Battersea, London today

Rain in Battersea, London today

Violent downpours tonight disrupted people’s pub plans in London

Britain is ravaged today by thunderstorms and torrential rain. Pictured: a few shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Britain is ravaged today by thunderstorms and torrential rain. Pictured: a few shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Britain is ravaged today by thunderstorms and torrential rain. Pictured: a few shelter from a storm using an umbrella in Battersea

Conditions seemed a little brighter today along Oxford's Thames Path as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

Conditions seemed a little brighter today along Oxford's Thames Path as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

Conditions seemed a little brighter today along Oxford’s Thames Path as the country experiences a muggy heat of 25C in some areas

People enjoy punting and boating on the River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures in the UK remain warm but very humid

People enjoy punting and boating on the River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures in the UK remain warm but very humid

People enjoy punting and boating on the River Cherwell in Oxford today as temperatures in the UK remain warm but very humid

Despite the torrential downpours seen today in some southern parts of the country, in Oxford there were many out to enjoy the warm temperatures

Despite the torrential downpours seen today in some southern parts of the country, in Oxford there were many out to enjoy the warm temperatures

Despite the torrential downpours seen today in some southern parts of the country, in Oxford there were many out to enjoy the warm temperatures

On Sunday there will be more persistent rain towards the northwest of Scotland and it will be a bit cooler than today with a maximum temperature of 23 to 24C.

Predictors predict a changeable start to school holidays with uncertain conditions that continue until at least the first week of August.

The Met Office’s forecast for the remainder of the next week reads, “The uncertain theme is likely to continue with scattered showers and strong winds interspersed with sunny spells throughout much of the country.”

More rain and strong winds are expected in early August, with the ‘best of any drier weather’ in the south.

“It is generally likely to be on the cool side for much of the country with warmer spells in the southeast of the country,” the Met Office adds.

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