It’s supposed to be the height of British summer – but instead the entire nation is under threat of flood warnings.
While southern Europe continues to be gripped by a sizzling heatwave, thunderstorms, gale force winds and torrential rain have been battering the UK in recent days.
Some areas saw flooding as up to 30mm of rain fell across the north-east of England on Wednesday, according to the Met Office.
London was hit by around 20mm of rainfall, with one square mile in the north-west of the capital particularly affected.
Firefighters were called to rescue a man from a van in Wembley and had to evacuate 19 people after the area was left under one-metre of flood water.
Country lanes have also flooded, including in the village of Dunsden, Oxfordshire, which was hit by a deluge.
And there is still plenty more bleak weather to come with more than 30 flood alerts currently in place across England and Wales.
Areas along the south and north-east coast of England have flood alerts in place, while the east coast is the worst affected.
Wales also has two alerts in place along the south-west coast.
A Met Office and Environment Agency warning says: ‘Local inland flooding is probable in parts of the north and east of England today and possible more widely across much of England.
‘This is due to rain and heavy showers, which may be slow moving and thundery at times.
‘Localised flooding is also possible but not expected across parts of England on Thursday and Friday, due to heavy, thundery showers.
‘Land, roads and some properties may flood and there may be travel disruption.’
There is also a yellow Met Office weather warning for wind in place from 6am until 9pm on Saturday.
The areas affected include Brighton, Portsmouth and the entire south-west of England, as well as most of Wales.
Wind speeds could reach up to 65mph in some places.
Forecasters have warned people to be vigilant with the chance of injury from flying debris from the sea, buildings and temporary structures which could suffer damage, such as falling roof tiles.
People are being advised to expect longer journey times with road closures, as well as delays and cancellations on trains, ferries and flights.
Power cuts could also occur and other services like mobile phone signals may be impacted.
Met Office meteorologist Clare Nasir said: ‘Through the next few days, it’s rain or showers and the weather turns lively yet again on Saturday.
‘Through the early hours of Saturday, an area of low pressure deepens and tracks across the country.
‘There will be outbreaks of rain, some thunderstorms will be associated with it as well.’
She added that winds were ‘touching gale force’ along the east coast of England on Wednesday and that it will be a ‘slow process’ for current weather systems to clear.
Health experts have warned of ‘thunder fever’ amid the storms battering the UK.
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