Biblical downpours have pounded parts of Britain overnight leaving passengers facing travel chaos and submerged roads this morning as the Met Office warns some areas could see up to three inches of rainfall today.
Forecasters say that St Jame’s Park in London has recorded 26mm or just more than an inch of rain in the space of an hour this morning while videos from the nearby Knightsbridge and Hammersmith areas show extensive flooding affecting roads and businesses.
Meanwhile, Transport for London (TfL) warned of severe delays on the circle and district lines this morning due to flooding which caused signalling problems.
On the Overground, the service has been suspended between Kensington (Olympia) and Clapham Junction due to flooding in the Imperial Wharf area.
Passengers in Essex reported biblical rainfall which has also caused significant disruption to the C2C rail network.
The Met Office has confirmed that between midnight and 6 am this morning, St Jame’s Park in London saw 35mm of rain while Storrington in West Sussex saw 30mm and Market Bosworth in Leicestershire recorded 29mm.
Passengers have been warned to expect disruption due to the bad weather which is set to clear by the end of the day before a spell of brighter weather throughout the remainder of the week.
Forecasters predict persistent and at times heavy rainfall and robust winds for northern England and southeast Scotland, while rain will clear to blustery showers and sunny intervals in the south and west.
In a statement, the Met Office said that rain, accompanied by increasing winds, will travel north and eastwards across the area early on Tuesday, becoming slow-moving over parts of northeast England, and later, also eastern England, and that 15-30mm of rain is supposed to fall quite extensively.
Over eastern and northeastern England, 40-50mm of rain is expected to fall in some parts with 50-75mm also likely in a few places.
From tomorrow, the Met Office said early cloud and rain across eastern areas will clear, bringing fine weather across Scotland, Wales and England during the day, predicting that it will be dry with loads of sunshine.
Thick clouds will swell in from the west across Northern Ireland, bringing rain, which will spread into western Britain throughout the evening.
The balmy weather from midweek will be driven by the remains of Hurricane Sam currently making a beeline for Britain.
People are calling the heavy rainfall Biblical – I noticed a few vehicles sloshing through the water, but I didn’t see any Ark! Perhaps someone could part the English Channel to allow more people to cross?
What we should be doing is blaming it on Britains inadequate drainage systems, but now every time we have heavy rainfall in Britain, it seems that they’re attempting to poke the fire to use climate change as the reason when in fact this occurs almost every year and has done since I can remember.
But now they’re calling it Biblical, talk about sensationalising rain. Maybe now, councils will clean the gullies regularly, instead of only cleaning them once they become blocked, which then causes problems, although it might keep the eco loons indoors.
35mm of water isn’t Biblical – when it’s forecast to rain for 40 days and 40 nights that we should start worrying.
The rain must have been that bad if they’re saying Biblical, perhaps we will get locusts as well! It was just a heavy deluge of rain that has become rainfall of Biblical proportions, how bad is that? Well, not that bad at all because it sells newspapers.