Flood warnings have been issued in England with swathes of the South set to be hit by nearly two inches of rain in just a matter of hours today.
The Environment Agency has put flood alerts in place for five rivers in south east England and the Met Office has issued three separate yellow warnings as heavy rain rolls into the country from the Atlantic.
Meteorologists are warning that there could be chaos on the roads caused by spray and heavy rain, while some homes and business could even flood due to ferocity of the downpours.
The Met Office says some areas of England and Wales could see nearly two inches of rain today alone, while in Scotland there could be almost half the monthly average.
It comes as temperatures begin to plummet after unseasonably warm weather saw the UK record its warmest ever Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday last weekend.
The mercury is set to plunge into single digits as a new weather front rolls in, bringing with it the possibility of gales, thunder and even some snow in high-lying parts of the UK at the weekend.
Some parts of England, Scotland and Wales could see more than two inches of rain in just a matter of hours today. Pictured: A woman walks in the foggy rain in Windsor yesterday
Heavy rain is set to fall across the UK today, with the Met Office warning there could be flooding. Pictured: A walker pushes a pram in wet weather in Eton yesterday
Foggy weather, pictured here in Eton yesterday, has been pushed out by today as nearly half a month’s rain gets set to fall in parts of England and Wales
The Met Office has issued three separate yellow warnings for rain in England, Scotland and Wales today as a weather front rolls in off the Atlantic
The Met Office has issued three separate yellow warnings for rain in Britain as nearly half a month’s rain gets set to fall in just one day. On average the UK gets 4.86 inches of rain in November.
Two of these are in place across south Wales and the southern coast of England and are set to remain in force until at least 1pm. This will be followed by heavy rain in Scotland, with a warning in place in the east of the country from midday to 9pm.
The service said: ‘A band of rain will move east across southern parts of England and Wales during Tuesday morning. Some of the rain will be heavy, with 15-30mm (0.59-1.81 inches) of rain falling widely and as much as 40-50mm (1.57-1.96 inches) over parts of Dartmoor and south facing high ground of southern Wales and the Marches and parts of southern England.’
Regarding the warning in Scotland, it said: ‘A band of rain will move east across Scotland Tuesday becoming persistent across the southern Highlands during the afternoon. 20-40mm (0.79-1.57 inches) of rain is likely to fall widely here with as much as 50-60mm (1.96-2.36 inches) over higher ground of Aberdeenshire, Angus and Perth and Kinross.’
The Environment Agency has put flood alerts in place for five rivers in south east England as a result of the deluge, including rivers running through Somerset, Dorset and Devon.
The heavy rainfall comes days as temperatures plunge back to their normal seasonal levels, after a warm front meant the country saw its warmest-ever Remembrance weekend.
The mercury tipped 21C in some parts of Britain on Sunday, before large parts of southern and central England were enveloped in fog so thick that it caused flights at two airports to be cancelled yesterday.
With conditions set to become colder towards the weekend, a spokesperson for the Met Office said there is a chance of thunder in the south and west of England before then.
The Houses of Parliament in Westminster covered in fog and low cloud yesterday morning, which caused the cancellation of flights from two London airports
‘Showers could locally be heavy and there’s a chance you might see thunder, mostly in coastal areas to the south and the west,’ Nicola Maxey said yesterday.
She said: ‘In general, any rain today will continue to push slowly eastwards across the country tomorrow, becoming persistent in the north, with gales in (the) North East.
‘Sunshine and heavy showers following into South and West later.’
She said that the weather will remain unsettled as the week progresses, although there will be some drier spells.
‘It will stay unsettled and often windy with showers or longer spells of rain across most areas this week, although there will be some drier spells for many too.
‘Gales or severe gales in the far North East. ‘
She added: ‘Temperatures are expected to drop this week back towards what we would expect for this time of year.’
Later this week the mercury could plunge into single digits, with some forecasts suggesting there might even be a chance of snow in some northern areas over the weekend.
Weather forecast website wxcharts suggested northern areas and Scotland could get snow on Saturday, November 19, and Sunday, November 20.
The Met Office says that after the wet conditions today, tonight will see rain ‘becoming confined to the far northeast but severe gales developing here’. It added there would be ‘clear spells for many, and turning chilly with a few fog patches. Showery in the south and west.’
The service said Wednesday would see ‘sunny spells for many but also some showers, some heavy along coasts. Heavy rain and coastal gales reaching southern England and south Wales later.’
While its forecast from Thursday onwards is less precise, it says the weather will be ‘changeable’ with ‘spells of rain and strong winds blowing in from the Atlantic, bookending a calmer period with coastal showers, lighter winds and overnight frost’.