More torrential rain to hammer flood-hit Britain ahead of summer weekend washout

The Met Office has issued a 'danger to life' amber weather warning today ahead of what is expected to be a washout weekend.

Heavy rain will pound the north of England this morning as forecasters warn of flooding between Edinburgh and the English border.

Torrential downpours are expected to end by 3pm although experts are urging people to be careful of fast-flowing floodwater.

Yellow warnings are also in force for much of north England, south Scotland, north Wales and north-west England, with downpours potentially causing further flooding in these areas.

The UK has seen heavy downfall in the last few days, with much of the country hit with thundery showers and rain.

The conditions have caused flooding across the country, cutting off roads and disrupting services and travel.

While there are no Met Office warnings for the weekend, the weather in many parts of the country will remain extremely poor.

Temperatures will shoot up tomorrow, reaching highs of 19C, with sunshine expected, however the mercury will drop again on Saturday and Sunday.

There will be highs of 18C on both days, although the sunshine will slowly disappear on Saturday, making way for cloud and eventually rain on Sunday, which will be a complete washout.

But the weather should pick up again next week as the summer heat returns.

The mercury should stay above 20 every day in some parts of the country, with Tuesday likely to be a scorcher.

Speaking about today's forecast, a spokesman for said: "Showers will continue to affect southeastern and southern central parts of England.

"The band of rain further north will pivot, pushing down into the rest of Wales and southwest England on one side, and up into eastern Scotland on the other side.

"The persistent rain will tend to break up across England and Wales during Thursday, with some sharp, thundery showers remaining. For Scotland, the rain will head further north and then move west later in the day.

"Rainfall totals over the next 24 hours are going to be more than 50mm in prone spots."

The poor weather has caused chaos across the UK in recent days.

Flash flooding left stretches of the the M20 submerged underwater while the M25 was closed following the discovery of sinkholes.

Many trains in the south and south-east were cancelled after heavy showers left tracks underwater.

The highest rainfall was recorded at Ham Hill, Kent, with 94mm falling in the 24 hours leading up to 7am on Tuesday.

This comfortably beat the average UK rainfall for June of 73.8mm.

It also led to significant flash flooding on the M20, where several cars were left stranded overnight.

Two police officers were also taken to hospital after their marked BMW X5 crashed in bad weather on the A1M in Hertfordshire.

The injuries were described as serious but not life-threatening.

Lincolnshire also saw extremely heavy rain yesterday with road closures across the county.

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