UK Weather – Brits to face ‘life-threatening’ floods as more showers lash down over night causing havoc on roads

The Met Office has warned that some parts of the country could see almost four inches of rain, as a month's worth of rain falls in the space of three days. The service has put in place two warnings for heavy rain which are in force across large part of the midlands and the north, as well as eastern Scotland, while the Environment Agency has issued 24 flood warnings and 98 alerts in England. There is also severe disruption on the trains in and around London this morning, with trains from Essex into the capital delayed after reports a lorry hit a railway crossing barrier, while a broken down train in Kent has caused long waits for commuters trying to get into work. Part of the Piccadilly Line between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge has no service this morning, with Transport for London blaming 'significant leaf fall', while the M23 southbound is closed between J10 and J11 as workers try to remove standing water. Last night heavy rain left dozens of drivers stranded after part of the A27 in West Sussex turned into a river as the carriageway flooded, a scene that could be repeated elsewhere in Britain today. Emergency services spent the night trying to free those trapped in the horrendous conditions, as well as removing vehicles stuck in the rising water. As of this morning the road's eastbound carriageway remains closed. Forecasters have predicted Britain will suffer 'miserable conditions' over the next two days as a weather front sees strong winds and bands of persistent rain across the country.

BRITS have been warned of “life-threatening” floods as showers lashed down and caused havoc on the roads.

Wet and windy weather has been battering the nation this week with commuters now braced for further disruption.

The Met Office has warned of more travel chaos after flash flooding in West Sussex yesterday

Vehicles are left stranded on the road after flooding in West Sussex yesterday

Traffic chaos in Central London yesterday

The Met Office have issued both yellow and amber warnings for rain

The Met Office have put yellow rain warnings in place until 6pm on Friday across the east of Scotland and the north-east of England.

And there is an amber rain warning for the north-east of Scotland from the early hours until 3pm.

The weather service amber warning states: “Heavy and persistent rain likely to cause flooding and disruption.”

“Homes and businesses are likely to be flooded, causing damage to some buildings. Some fast flowing or deep floodwater is likely, causing danger to life.”

The weather service also warned of transport disruption, roads being deluged with water and communities being temporarily cut off due to the extraordinary rainfall.

Three inches of rain is forecast for some areas by the weekend, with storms and severe floods battering the country.

Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan said amber warning areas would experience more than 100mm of rain, while coastal areas would also be battered by strong winds.

“With this kind of rainfall, we are expecting some flooding,” he said. “We have very strong onshore winds and very large waves.

“There may be some disruption to transport, including ferries and the road network.”

Temperatures, meanwhile, would be more typical for this time of year, hovering around 9C to 11C.

And England fans could expect unsettled weather during the team’s first World Cup match against Iran on Monday.

“There is more uncertainty than usual after Sunday,” Mr Morgan said.

“It will probably be pretty unsettled, with some rain at times and possibly quite windy as well.”

It brings a damp end to the working week for Brits, before snow is set to hit in a matter of days.

RAC breakdown spokesman Rod Dennis warned motorists to “exercise great care” during the wet weather.

He explained: “The chances of being involved in a collision rise dramatically in wet weather, and even more so if there’s snow, so it’s vital drivers slow down, leave plenty of space behind the vehicle in front and use their lights to make sure they’re easily seen by other road users.

“The risk of aquaplaning where a vehicle’s wheels lose contact with the road as they skim across standing water will be high, particularly for those who don’t slow down to appropriate speeds for the conditions.”