UK weather: Britain facing its coldest August bank holiday on record

Forecasters have predicted Bank Holiday Monday could be the UK’s coldest on record after torrential rain caused flooding in parts of the country.

Temperatures are expected to be well below average for the time of year – a stark difference from last year where the highest temperatures on record were seen, with Heathrow reaching 33.3C (91.9F).

London is expected to see temperatures of up to 19C (66.2F), while Scotland could see highs of only 11C (51.8F) – considerably lower than the usual average of 16C (60.8F).

Meteorologist Emma Salter said: “We could see some places getting the coldest maximum temperatures on record this Bank Holiday Monday.

“The lowest maximum temperature recorded was 10.1C (50.2F) in the Shetland Islands – if anywhere gets lower than that it’s in the running to be the coldest on record.”

Heavy showers on Thursday brought major problems on the roads, with flash floods reported in parts of Surrey creating difficult driving conditions and road closures, while Belmont railway station in south London was forced to shut.

Road closures were also reported in Kingston, southwest London, where a Twitter user posted pictures of flooding in different parts of the town, including the underpass at Richmond Road near the railway station which was immersed in water.

Another video shared on Twitter shows motorists struggling to get through flooded areas of London Road in Glasgow, with cars half-submerged in water.

Further weather warnings have been issued for Friday, with yellow warnings for heavy rain across northeast England, parts of the south and southern Wales.

Ms Salter said “quite heavy, isolated downpours” are expected, with the “potential for flash flooding”.

However, she added: “Not everywhere will see torrential rain, just a few localised communities will see torrential downpours.”

The heavy showers are expected to carry on overnight which could see localised flooding as well as more travel disruption.

Commenting on the Bank Holiday weekend, she said: “We’ll see an improving picture throughout the weekend but it will be quite chilly, as far as August is concerned, particularly in the north.

“Sunday will be dry with a good spell of sunshine.”

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