Workers were experiencing miserable commuting today when violent storms and a fortnight of rain hit Britain following the arrival of Storm Barbara from Spain.
The yellow weather warnings issued by the Met Office run until 5:00 p.m. today, with downpours covering the south coast, Midlands, London and East Anglia throughout the day.
Weather forecasters expect severe storms across the southeast, mainly around Kent and Sussex, with gusts of 45 to 55 miles per hour inland and 65 miles per hour near the coast as the wind lashes through the English Channel.
Up to 50mm of rain falls in three to six hours before 2 p.m., which is more than half the average monthly rainfall in some counties in the southeast.
Most of the rainfall recorded by the Environmental Protection Agency through 10 a.m. today was 1.06 in.
This has created the risk of flooding homes and delaying journeys – with the spray on the streets to put bus journeys at risk – and the Met Office warned that the weather would be "choppy for the rest of the week " could be.
Commuters hold umbrellas as they cross London Bridge in the capital this morning, enduring a wet commute to work
Vehicles drive the M3 near Longcross, Surrey this morning after weather warnings were issued
Dog walkers on Chobham Common in Surrey in the rain this morning after weather warnings were issued for parts of England
Cars drive in treacherous conditions on the M3 motorway near Popham in Hampshire this morning
Storm Barbara swept south of England early in the morning (left) and brought rain all day (right)
The Met Office said conditions will be "calmer" tomorrow (left), but will be more unsettled in wet weather from Friday (right)
Named by Spanish meteorologists, storm Barbara lashed the Iberian Peninsula last night. In some parts of Portugal it is likely to have rained for up to six weeks in just a few days.
Meanwhile, three flood warnings have been issued in Loughborough and along parts of the Cornish coast – which means that flooding is possible. Another four flood warnings and six warnings are available for Scotland.
The Met Office issued warnings until 5 p.m. today
There are fears that waves will overwhelm the walls and other coastal defenses, protecting towns and villages. Many residents have sandbags ready to place in front of their front doors so their homes don't get flooded.
Tomorrow the UK is expected to take a break from the rain. Brief sun spells interpolate the gray sky, but never long enough to leave an umbrella at home.
Instead, the highs of 16 ° C in the south tomorrow will only precede wet and windy weather this weekend.
Met Office meteorologist Oli Claydon said, “From Tuesday evening until the wee hours of the morning there will be a band of rain from the south, sometimes bringing heavy rain, especially in the southeast, and later in the day, a period of stronger winds, especially again in the south East. & # 39;
Mr. Claydon said the winds could be particularly strong over "exposed coastal towns" and through the Dover Strait.
"All ferry crossings, for example, could be pretty rough," he added.
Vehicles drive the M3 near Longcross in Surrey in heavy rain this morning after weather warnings were issued
Commuters cross London Bridge in the rain this morning with Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast in the background
Vehicles drive the M3 near Longcross in Surrey today as motorists battle in treacherous conditions
Commuters walk across London Bridge this morning while holding umbrellas, with the Shard pictured in the background
Vehicles drive on the M3 near Longcross in Surrey this morning amid heavy rains in the southeast
Commuters are walking near London Bridge station this morning as they endure a wet trip to work
Cars drive on the M3 motorway near Popham in Hampshire this morning after weather warnings were issued
Commuters face a wet route to work across London Bridge today as the capital is hit by rain and wind this morning
The public photographed the autumn colors of the Japanese maple trees in Morpeth, Northumberland today
He added: “It will be windy everywhere but the stronger winds are limited to the south east of the UK.
"That wind and rain is lessening in the North Sea and after that we continue to have unsettled conditions in the UK all week."
There should also be "periods of somewhat calmer conditions" and the occasional sunny time – but things will "generally remain largely unresolved" throughout the weekend.
Last week it emerged that earlier this month the UK had weathered its wettest day in existence – with enough rainfall to fill Loch Ness.
October 3rd averaged 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) nationwide, the highest since records began 129 years ago.
The day of the downpours came hours after Storm Alex hit Britain at 90 mph. On August 25, 1986, the previous record of 29.8 mm (1.17 inches) was broken.
(tagsToTranslate) Dailymail (t) News (t) London (t) Spain (t) Met Office