UK weather – Motorways flooded as more thunderstorms set to drench parts of Britain this weekend

UK weather - Motorways flooded as more thunderstorms set to drench parts of Britain this weekend

BRITS are braced for a weekend of thunderstorms after motorways were forced to close yesterday due to flooding.

The Met Office forecasts cooler weather with storms continuing for the next three days.

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Drivers were caught by flash flooding on the M25 after ‘biblical rain and hail’Credit: BPM Media
Donna Tizzard captured the moment lightning struck her neighbour's house in North Wales

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Donna Tizzard captured the moment lightning struck her neighbour’s house in North Wales
Shoppers walk through heavy rain in Epsom, Surrey

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Shoppers walk through heavy rain in Epsom, SurreyCredit: London News Pictures

Highways England shut the M25 anti-clockwise carriageway between J8 and J9 around 4 pm yesterday sparking 70-minute delays.

The M23 was also partially closed off due to flash flooding on the southbound route between J8 and J7.

Dramatic photos showed stretches of Britain’s busiest motorway underwater leaving drivers stranded.

A woman from Gwersyllt, North Wales, managed to capture the moment a lightning bolt struck the top of her neighbour’s house.

Donna Tizzard was filming the storm from her home when the fork of orange lightning ripped through the sky and hit the house opposite her.

Forecasters have issued storm warnings for much of England and Wales for the next four days.

Thunderstorms are forecast to hit the south of England again this morning.

However the north-west will bask in glorious sunshine after days of torrential rain.

Temperatures will dip this weekend – peaking in the mid-twenties.

Met Office chief meteorologist Paul Gundersen said: “The storms will be isolated but where they happen there will be frequent lightning, gusty winds and intense, heavy downpours.”

There were seven flood warnings in place last night as rising rivers threatened homes and businesses.

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Cars swerve to avoid two flooded lanes on the M25

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Cars swerve to avoid two flooded lanes on the M25
A car is left stranded in floodwater on the M25

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A car is left stranded in floodwater on the M25

Meanwhile, shocking footage shows roads being turned into rivers in Croydon, South London.

The Environment Agency has five flood alerts posted for possible flooding in areas around Birmingham, while 17 flood alerts remain current across Scotland.

Flooding has been a serious issue in other parts of the UK.

Ten properties in Lancashire were affected by flooding on Tuesday following overnight storms, the Environment Agency said.

The rainfall caused the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by almost a metre in less than three hours, the agency’s flood risk manager Andy Brown said.

A truck and van wade through water on the M25

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A truck and van wade through water on the M25Credit: PA:Press Association
Drivers observe an abandoned car immersed in floodwater

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Drivers observe an abandoned car immersed in floodwaterCredit: Twitter/AllyPyper
Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding in Croydon yesterday

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Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms caused flash flooding in Croydon yesterdayCredit: Twitter/gcefaliello1
A car drives through the centimetres of floodwater in Croydon

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A car drives through the centimetres of floodwater in CroydonCredit: Twitter/gcefaliello1
Croydon experienced flash floods earlier today after six days of blistering sunshine

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Croydon experienced flash floods earlier today after six days of blistering sunshineCredit: Twitter
A driver bravely makes their way through a flooded street in Croydon

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A driver bravely makes their way through a flooded street in CroydonCredit: Twitter

Ten properties in Lancashire were affected by flooding on Tuesday following overnight storms, the Environment Agency said.

The rainfall caused the Burrow Beck waterway in Scotforth, south Lancaster, to rise by almost a metre in less than three hours, the agency’s flood risk manager Andy Brown said.

Victoria Hospital Car Park in Kirkaldy, Fife, was left in ruin as cars parked overnight smashed into one another in the floods.

Staff from the hospital – which is still operating as normal – said their vehicles suffered extensive damage after being carried away by gallons of water.

On Wednesday night, the thunder and lightning was captured in Swansea, South Wales, the South Downs and Merseyside as storms battered Britain.

Church of Scotland minister Peter Johnston, in Aberdeen, tweeted: “Biblical flooding. Never seen it this bad.”

Wednesday, Britain hit a scorching 34C for the sixth day running today, the first time the milestone has been met in 60 years.

The Met Office said temperatures reached 34.6C in central London – marking the first time since at least 1961 that there had been six consecutive days of 34C and above.

Meanwhile, Hammersmith Bridge in London was closed with immediate effect yesterday after the heatwave caused cracks.

Safety inspectors found that cracks in the 133-year-old structure had worsened following the recent high temperatures.

Temperatures yesterday stayed high for coastal areas in the south which saw holidaymakers flock to catch some rays.

Sunbathers packed beaches in Dorset enjoying the last of the heatwave.

Hammersmith Bridge in London was shut following the heatwave after high temperatures formed cracks in the structure

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Hammersmith Bridge in London was shut following the heatwave after high temperatures formed cracks in the structureCredit: Press Association
Lightning cracks over Stoke on Trent

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Lightning cracks over Stoke on TrentCredit: Bav Media
Difficult driving conditions on the A14 near Cambridge

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Difficult driving conditions on the A14 near CambridgeCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
A Surrey resident was forced to abandon their car yesterday

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A Surrey resident was forced to abandon their car yesterday
Holidaymakers and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine at the beach in Dorset

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Holidaymakers and sunbathers enjoying the sunshine at the beach in DorsetCredit: Alamy Live News
A man in an inflatable boat on the calm sea enjoying the sunshine at the seaside resort of West Bay in Dorset

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A man in an inflatable boat on the calm sea enjoying the sunshine at the seaside resort of West Bay in DorsetCredit: Alamy Live News
Flash floods hit Croydon as roads turn to rivers after thunderstorms batter Britain

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