UK weather: Flash floods flood cars and shut down communities

Heavy downpours have shut down towns and villages (Photos: BPM/BNPS/PA)

Heavy downpours have shut down towns and villages (Photos: BPM/BNPS/PA)

Flash floods have blocked gardens and roads today during severe weather.

Thunderstorms and showers have hit regions of the UK this week, bringing an end to days of scorching sunshine.

Households have been urged to pack ‘grab bags’ of valuables and supplies as millions of homes are at risk of flooding.

Huge waves off the coast in Cornwall were pictured as the wind picked up today.

Newquay experienced the worst rain showers today, with major roads being hit by the spread of flooding.

Locals in the city said they had “never seen such rain” in their lives.

In Dorset, the village of Burton Bradstock was one of the areas hit by severe flash flooding.

Residents were left knee-deep in water and cars were submerged as the water rose.

Mandatory mention: Photo by Tom Corban/REX/Shutterstock (13096352a) Torrential rain combined with thunder and lightning cause flash flooding and road closures in Bridport.  Seasonal Weather, Bridport, Dorset, UK - Aug 16, 2022

Rain led to flooding and road closures in Bridport, Dorset (Photo: Tom Corban/REX/Shutterstock)
A car sinks into water amid torrential rain in Port Talbot, Wales (Photo: PA)

Like Cornwall, the county has been hit by torrential downpours for the first time in weeks.

This evening also slow-moving torrential rains hit parts of Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire.

A yellow weather warning for the region will remain in effect tomorrow and motorists have been urged to drive carefully amid the flooded conditions.

But looking ahead, while more rain is due to parts of the UK, it will ‘settle’ compared to today’s downpours.

Drivers in the southwest have been urged to drive with extra care (Image: Dorset Live/BPM MEDIA)

Mandatory Mention: Photo by Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock (13095977g) Tourists in Parliament Square take shelter under umbrellas during downpours following the extended dry spell and driest summer in 46 years Seasonal Weather, Westminster, London, UK - Aug 16, 2022

Tourists take shelter under umbrellas during showers in London (Photo: Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock)

Today, drivers were unable to use the A358 in Somerset due to a mudslide caused by heavy rain.

It came after a yellow weather warning in southern England was upgraded to orange over Somerset on Monday.

On the highways, visibility for motorists was poor as conditions deteriorated.

And more torrential rain and thunderstorms are forecast for Wednesday, according to the Met Office.

In Scotland, some areas were hit by a week of rain in just 24 hours, while torrential showers hit the UK after days of hot, dry weather.

It’s not just the UK that has suffered major flooding today, dramatic videos from Paris show water seeping into a metro station.

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??  Licensed by London News Pictures 16/08/2022.  Swanley, UK.  Vehicles traveling on the M25 near Swanley, Kent, create splashes in heavy rain that reduce visibility for drivers.  The Met Office today warned of heavy rains with flash floods and thunderstorms across much of the UK.  Photo credit: Grant Falvey/LNP

Vehicles battle rain on the M25 near Swanley in Kent (Photo: Grant Falvey/LNP)
A Dorset and Wiltshire fire and rescue team pumps up floodwaters (Photo: Graham Hunt/BNPS)

The rain could reduce the threat of forest fires, which have put enormous pressure on fire services across Europe.

In the UK, it could also help with extremely dry conditions that have led to nine droughts declared across England since Friday.

Deputy head Daniel Rudman, of the Met Office, said: “While the warnings are widespread, forecasters expect individual thunderstorms to be quite isolated, with many not seeing a storm or heavy rain within the warning.

“After Wednesday, conditions will calm down for most.

“While there may be some spells of rain and it will be unsettled in the north and west at times, the heavy downpours associated with thunderstorms are becoming less likely.”

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