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UK weather: New heavy rain warnings after thunderstorms and torrential downpours

Britain faces even more torrential downpours this week, the Met Office has warned, after thunderstorms caused devastating flash floods in some areas.

A two-day yellow warning for heavy rain has been issued for Wales and north-west England, with the potential for severe hailstorms.

It came after parts of Devon and Somerset experienced more than a month of rain on Sunday, triggering flooding that forced the closure of Exeter Airport and Butlins in Minehead.

Eleven flood warnings were still in force across the UK on Monday, affecting areas including the Cumbrian coastline, the River Cole in Swindon and the River Gwash in Ryhall and Newstead, Lincolnshire.

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office for Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Meteorological Office)

On Tuesday, unsettled weather is expected to continue with a two-day yellow warning issued by the Met Office for heavy rain in Wales and north-west England, including Manchester, on Tuesday from 6am in the morning. The bureau said flooding of homes and businesses was likely and bus and train services could be affected.

Regarding Monday’s weather forecast in the UK, the Met Office spokesperson said: “Thundery showers in the east are dissipating as a band of rain, already in the west, moves quickly towards the It’s during the morning. Became cooler with showers, sometimes heavy, following in the afternoon. More and more wind.

Ahead of Tuesday, when weather warnings will be in place, the bureau said: “Clouds and rain are spreading rapidly from the west throughout the morning, although after a period of rain drier with some clearing in the south of the United Kingdom. Windy.”

And for the rest of the week, the office forecasts “unstable and rather fall-like conditions with changeable conditions.”

Inside a flooded Exeter airport as staff and passengers wade through terminal water


Exeter Airport reopened on Monday morning and urged travelers to check status updates with their airlines.

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An airport spokesperson said: “We are pleased to confirm that the airport is open today thanks to the hard work and determination of airport staff who worked through the night to clean up after the flash floods yesterday. We look forward to welcoming passengers as usual.

The Met Office said the showers were “highly localized”, with the airport recording 57.4mm of rainfall, while Swindon, Wiltshire, received 90.7mm overnight. These showers have since moved to areas of the East Midlands, with Nottingham and parts of Lincolnshire receiving 40-45mm of rainfall on Monday.

Conditions are expected to remain “windy at times” this week, the Met Office warned, urging people to keep an eye on the forecast.

Storm waves hit the breakwater and lighthouse at Newhaven, East Sussex, on Monday.


Met Office meteorologist Jonathan Vautrey said more storms were possible as the remnants of Hurricane Lee, which hit New England in the United States and eastern Canada, were expected to move to across the UK between Tuesday and Thursday.

It will no longer be a hurricane by the time it reaches British shores.

Mr Vautrey said: “This will be picked up by the jet stream. Showers in places could be heavy with a risk of further thunderstorms. This could be a pretty unsettled fall week ahead.


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