Brits brace for washout with powerful storms and more flash flooding

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Thunderstorms are set to wreak travel havoc across the UK today as Brits brace themselves for flash floods.

Forecasters have predicted more stormy weather after rain lashed down on Saturday causing chaos for motorists.

The Met Office has put a yellow thunderstorm warning in place for most of England and all of Wales today, Sunday.

The warning also covers Monday as experts reckon the stormy weather will last into next week.

And some parts of England are being told to prepare for floods.

Rivers Blythe, Cole, Rea, Stour, Smestow Brook and Upper Tame are all at risk of breaking their banks today, the Met Office said.

And forecasters said England and Wales can expect “heavy showery outbreaks” and “torrential thundery downpours for some”.

The weather will continue to storm this evening, with showers and thunderstorms leading to patch fog in England and Wales.

It comes after the wet and windy weather caused havoc on roads across the south.

The Met Office said 24.1mm of rain fell in an hour in Canterbury, Kent, on Saturday, which could lead to some surface flooding.

Becky Mitchell, a Met Office meteorologist, told the Sun: “The main thing over the next three days is the risk of thunderstorms in the south.

"Saturday night is going to be pretty mild and then Sunday across the south it's a picture of sunshine and showers – those showers could be thundery at times.

"That risk is really within the warning zone, central and southern England and Wales could see some heavy downpours tomorrow.

"Further north it's going to be a bit drier with cloudy skies across the east coast."

The horrid weather caused some VJ celebrations to be cancelled.

The RAF’s iconic Red Arrows had to scrap three commemorative fly-pasts to mark the end of World War Two.

Displays above London, Cardiff and Edinburgh had to be abandoned because of the storms.

The weather has changed significantly since temperatures of 34C were recorded for a record six days in a row this week.

The thunderstorm warnings come after parts of Britain were battered by torrential downpours on Saturday.

Chelmsford, in Essex was inundated by so much rain that two jokers were able to paddle along a flooded street in a canoe.

After about 40mm (1.6ins) of rain fell in about 60 minutes, two men were seen taking a canoe out on a flooded residential street, EssexLive reported.

Chelmsford residents described scenes of "carnage" and said "half the city seems to be underwater" just before 5pm after the area was swamped by torrential downpours.

The Met Office’s forecast for Sunday is: “Much of Scotland and Northern Ireland dry; sunny and warm in the west but misty, cloudy and cooler further east. England and Wales, starting mostly cloudy with heavy showery outbreaks. Some brighter spells developing but torrential thundery downpours for some.”

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