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Flash floods turn roads to rivers forcing drivers to abandon cars as a fortnight's rain falls in hours with more torrential downpours on way for southern Britain TONIGHT (41 Pics)

Yet another band of rain is set to move in across southern parts of England and into the east coast tonight as torrential downpours travel from the continent.
After today’s humidity tomorrow looks set to be just as muggy, with highs of 64F (18C) combing with severe weather expected to move across from France in the early hours.
Downpours and a low pressure front in the south and up the east coast of England may give way to thunderstorms with frequent lightning expected in eastern parts including Hull and Norwich, which are predicted to take the brunt of the rain. 
Further flash flooding is forecast in southern England following the deluge in Edinburgh today, which saw drivers forced on to their car’s roofs as they scrambled to escape from the waterlogged vehicles - after the effects of a tropical 'Saharan bubble' hit Britain.
Met Office 'danger to life' weather warnings remain in place for almost all of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales tonight with a fortnight's worth of rain falling in just one day in some areas and equal amounts predicted tomorrow.  

Cars were forced underwater as motorists battled to get them through the streets of Edinburgh this afternoon
Cars were forced underwater as motorists battled to get them through the streets of Edinburgh this afternoon 
Rain storms and flooding cause chaos around Edinburgh as cars and buses are almost drowned by the torrential downpour and rising waters
The windscreen wipers aren't making much difference for this car
The windscreen wipers aren't making much difference for this car as rain storms and flooding cause chaos around Edinburgh. Cars and buses are almost drowned by the torrential downpour and rising waters
A Suzuki dealership in Edinburgh sees cars forced underwater after flash flooding in large parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland
A Suzuki dealership in Edinburgh sees cars forced underwater after flash flooding in large parts of Scotland, England and Northern Ireland 
Water levels reached the car door handle for one driver who captures the bizarre sight of  a man sitting on the roof of his car after it became waterlogged
A brave bus driver attempts to plunge through the water while new cars at the Kia garage seem to be untouched by the waters in Edinburgh
A brave bus driver attempts to plunge through the water while new cars at the Kia garage seem to be untouched by the waters in Edinburgh
It's raining, it's pouring: Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West Christine Jardine is pictured pointing at the water splashing against her office window this afternoon
It's raining, it's pouring: Lib Dem MP for Edinburgh West Christine Jardine is pictured pointing at the water splashing against her office window this afternoon 
The MP said power had been cut to her office as the water rose - she advised people to check on their elderly relatives
The MP said power had been cut to her office as the water rose - she advised people to check on their elderly relatives
Where's the garden gone? A muddy back garden is pictured in Balerno, near Edinburgh amid flash flooding across Scotland
Where's the garden gone? A muddy back garden is pictured in Balerno, near Edinburgh amid flash flooding across Scotland 
Floodwater is pictured covering Queensferry Road near Edinburgh this afternoon after a month's rainfall hit in one day
Floodwater is pictured covering Queensferry Road near Edinburgh this afternoon after a month's rainfall hit in one day 
Flooding in Blackhall, Edinburgh, sees homeowners in a valley under a hill soaked through, more rain can be seen moving in from over the hill
Flooding in Blackhall, Edinburgh, sees homeowners in a valley under a hill soaked through, more rain can be seen moving in from over the hill
In Scotland motorists are battling flooded roads amid torrential downpours, which risk spilling into homes and business, causing power cuts and causing chaos on public transport.  
Peter O'Brien, 53, says he got the shock of his life after seeing a 'sea' of water across some areas in Edinburgh.
Mr O'Brien was heading to Edinburgh Retail Park in a tram today when he saw cars stranded due to the flash floods.
The joiner said he got the shock of his life when he was told he had to leave the tram.
Peter said it felt as though the tram was about to come off the rails.
And before heading home, Peter, from Clermiston, Edinburgh, had to go to a local garage store room to wait for the rain to stop.
Peter said: 'I was in the tram which was leaving Edinburgh Hay Market to Edinburgh Retail Park.
'It was as if I was looking at a sea.
'There were cars stranded everywhere and people coming out of their cars.
'I think the batteries must have got wet.
'The tram also had to get stopped and we were all told to get out.
'Some of the buses heading to that direction also got cancelled too.
'It was all just crazy.
'I was going to B&Q to get some materials but the shop got shut down because the water had got in and caused a power cut.
'And even though I wanted to go home, I had to go to a garage store room and wait.
'Luckily the guys there were really friendly.
'But after an hour later I got back in the tram and went home.
'It was just a lot of floods.'
These weather conditions come after the Met Office issued a yellow weather warning. 
Drivers in Queensferry, near Edinburgh, Scotland battled through flooded roads today as thunderstorms battered Britain
Drivers in Queensferry, near Edinburgh, Scotland battled through flooded roads today as thunderstorms battered Britain 
Escaping the rain: A woman dashes through a flooded street in Queensferry near Edinburgh this afternoon where flood warnings are in place
Escaping the rain: A woman dashes through a flooded street in Queensferry near Edinburgh this afternoon where flood warnings are in place 
A workman is pictured as he fights to unblock a drain in a flooded car park in Port Edgar near Edinburgh Scotland, where there have been heavy showers all day
A workman is pictured as he fights to unblock a drain in a flooded car park in Port Edgar near Edinburgh Scotland, where there have been heavy showers all day 
Monday:  Most of England and part of Scotland and Wales are covered by a thunderstorm warning
Tuesday: Storms still affect the south east and Midlands
Most of England and part of Scotland and Wales are covered by a thunderstorm warning for Monday, with warnings still in place for the south east on Tuesday
A 2,000-mile wide African air plume called the Saharan Bubble is expected to bring Europe a record heatwave - with Britain expected to break through its 35C (95F) June temperature record. Temperatures for today pictured above
A 2,000-mile wide African air plume called the Saharan Bubble is expected to bring Europe a record heatwave - with Britain expected to break through its 35C (95F) June temperature record. Temperatures for today pictured above  

The deluge hit the Capital around 3.30pm, and some motorists could be seen perched on their car roofs to avoid the murky water.
Roads were described as 'impassable' by residents, due to the depth of the floodwaters.
There are currently five flood alerts in place for Scotland and 18 for England, with cars in Edinburgh forced underwater by flash flooding.  
But later in the week Britain could break its 35C (95F) June temperature record as, once the showers have died out, the 2,000-mile wide African air plume brings a heatwave from across continental Europe.
UK temperatures will be hotter than Egypt and Thailand – but sweltering humidity could still make Glastonbury a muddy affair this year.
Hot air is shown on a dramatic weather map covering Britain and stretching from Spain to Norway. Germany, due 41C (106F), is set to break its 40.3C (104.5) temperature record.
Met Office experts warned of a month's worth of rainfall today 50mm (1.97in) in England and 100mm (3.94in) in Scotland - however it seems the downpour has stopped at around half the predicted amount. 
Edinburgh experienced 44mm of rain, while their average rain fall for the month of July is 80-100mm, meaning they have had around 50 per cent of the month's rain in just 24 hours.   
The majority of the rain in Edinburgh, 33mm, fell in just three hours this afternoon causing flash flooding. 
A yellow thunderstorm warning is in place until midnight on Monday for the vast majority of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and almost half of Wales.
Another one continues for the south east of England, midlands and parts of the north east, as well as Liverpool, Manchester and northern Wales until 10pm on Tuesday. 
But hot air moving in from continental Europe will bring with it drier, sunnier and warmer conditions, and by Saturday parts of London could get as hot as 35C. 
The tropical temperatures that dazzled Britain in sunshine yesterday have turned to rain today (Manchester city centre pictured) as a 'Saharan bubble' brings widespread storms to the UK
The tropical temperatures that dazzled Britain in sunshine yesterday have turned to rain today (Manchester city centre pictured) as a 'Saharan bubble' brings widespread storms to the UK
Drum Brae, Edinburgh, where taxis are storming through the flooded roads as torrential rain continues to fall
Drum Brae, Edinburgh, where taxis are storming through the flooded roads as torrential rain continues to fall
Edinburgh travel news advised people to stay inside due to the long traffic delays caused by the floods in west Edinburgh
Edinburgh travel news advised people to stay inside due to the long traffic delays caused by the floods in west Edinburgh
What happened to summer? Dazzling sunshine yesterday has been replaced by storms by the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh
What happened to summer? Dazzling sunshine yesterday has been replaced by storms by the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh 
A car ploughs through flash floods in Leeming, Yorkshire, where thunderstorms have been raging throughout Monday
A car ploughs through flash floods in Leeming, Yorkshire, where thunderstorms have been raging throughout Monday 
Is it really June? Cars are pictured on wet and misty roads on the A1 near Leeming, Yorkshire today
Is it really June? Cars are pictured on wet and misty roads on the A1 near Leeming, Yorkshire today 
It's gone! A woman laughs as she loses her shoe in the pouring rain in Manchester city centre this morning
It's gone! A woman laughs as she loses her shoe in the pouring rain in Manchester city centre this morning 

The hottest UK temperature recorded in June is 35.6C, which was set in Southampton in 1978.
As the week progresses the heat is forecast to build, with southern areas getting the hottest weather. 
Peak daily temperatures across much of England and Wales are predicted to be well above 20C all week.
Scotland and Northern Ireland will be slightly cooler, although the mercury is expected to rise above 20C on Saturday.
Met Office spokeswoman Nicola Maxey said: 'The continent is seeing some very high temperatures, with record-breaking temperatures expected across France, Spain and Belgium.
'We are not seeing temperatures as hot as Europe, but it will be warm for the UK.'
She added: 'By Saturday we could be looking at 30C in the south, with London looking at 30C but with isolated spots of 33C, 34C or 35C, maybe.'  
Glastonbury festival-goers will be treated to consistently warm and dry weather, with temperatures expected to largely remain in the mid to high-20s throughout the weekend. On Friday it could get as hot as 31C at the music festival. 
Festival-goers in Somerset refuse to let rain dampen their spirits as showers descend on the Weston Air Festival today
Festival-goers in Somerset refuse to let rain dampen their spirits as showers descend on the Weston Air Festival today 
Fans wait as rain is expected to delay play at the Hampshire Bowl before the Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Southampton
Fans wait as rain is expected to delay play at the Hampshire Bowl before the Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Southampton
Rain descends on Liverpool after a weekend of sunshine as thunderstorm warnings are rolled out across the UK
Rain descends on Liverpool after a weekend of sunshine as thunderstorm warnings are rolled out across the UK 
All good things come to an end: People in Liverpool cling on to their umbrellas as they walk the soaked streets this morning
All good things come to an end: People in Liverpool cling on to their umbrellas as they walk the soaked streets this morning
Both the UV index and the pollen count are forecast to remain high this week.
Ms Maxey said: 'People who suffer from hay fever might feel quite uncomfortable.'  
The first Government heat health warning of the year put hospitals on alert for an increase in admissions and ordered health and social workers to prepare to make daily contact with the ill, vulnerable and elderly.  
Despite a wet start, the Met Office said summer is ten times more likely to be much-hotter-than-average than much-cooler-than-average across June, July and August.
Met Office forecaster Simon Partridge said: 'Warm air from north Africa will bring an extensive heatwave to large parts of western and central Europe, with highs into the 40s (104F) in Germany and France.
'The UK will see highs build through the week after 28C (82.4F) on Monday and Tuesday. By Friday and Saturday sees the chance of 34C (93.2F), and possibly warmer if there is more sunshine and less cloud in the west, which is forecast to be the hottest area.
'It will be very humid, with thunderstorms until Tuesday bringing the risk of localised flooding, and showers popping up later in the week.  
Shocking mobile phone footage shows a large group of youngsters taking running jumps off Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday just yards from the rocks below
Shocking mobile phone footage shows a large group of youngsters taking running jumps off Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday just yards from the rocks below
A 'tombstoner' is pictured free falling off a cliff at Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday
A young boy in a red T-shirt is pictured about to splash into the sea
A 'tombstoner' is pictured free falling off a cliff at Plymouth Hoe in Devon on Saturday
'Glastonbury has wet ground and risks thundery showers before the festival and occasional showers during the event, but will be in the region with the hottest temperatures - so pack wellies and sun cream.'
Mr Partridge continued: 'An extensive heatwave is on the way for much of the UK for the best part of a week. 'Heat from north Africa will cover a big area of Europe, with up to 41C (106F) in western Germany and France.'
This weekend children risked their lives by leaping off steep cliffs at a tombstoning spot on the south west coast as temperatures soared.
Shocking mobile phone footage shows a large group of youngsters taking running jumps off Plymouth Hoe in Devon just yards from the rocks below.  
An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site, which is expected to be hit by heavy rain, which could mean the ground is wet for the first arrivals on Wednesday morning
An aerial view of the Glastonbury Festival site, which is expected to be hit by heavy rain, which could mean the ground is wet for the first arrivals on Wednesday morning
The 70ft jump could have proven fatal for the youths, who were filmed by a passer-by on Saturday as the mercury shot above 70F (20C). 
Tombstoning sees people jumping off high cliffs while maintaining a straight posture so their bodies look like a tombstone.
MeteoGroup forecaster Mario Cuellar said: '35C (95F) is a low chance and 33C (91F) is a good chance, with the hottest days on Friday and Saturday.'
The Weather Outlook forecaster Brian Gaze said: 'One of Europe's biggest heat plumes for many years will arrive in the UK, with temperatures possibly over 30C (86F) early in the week, with the hottest conditions later in the week.
'But thunderstorms are expected to be real firecrackers, with flooding expected. Glastonbury risks quagmire conditions.'
Ex-BBC and Met Office forecaster John Hammond of weathertrending said: 'Blistering heat from near 40C (104F) temperatures in Europe look like wafting our way.'
The Met Office three-month forecast said: 'For June-August as a whole, the probability UK average temperatures will fall into the warmest of our five categories is 45-50 per cent. The coldest category is five per cent.
'The probability of higher-than-average pressure, associated with warmer-than-average conditions, is increased by North Atlantic sea surface temperature patterns. These are similar to, but not as marked, as last year.'
The Met Office 30-day outlook said: 'Temperatures will continue to feel warm. Temperatures during July 6-20 are likely to be slightly above average.'
The wet weather over the next few days could turn tranquil areas of the festival site like this makeshift shelter into mud baths
The wet weather over the next few days could turn tranquil areas of the festival site like this makeshift shelter into mud baths

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