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UK weather forecast: Two weeks of rain in one morning but 30C on way | UK News



Around two weeks of rain fell in just a few hours in parts of England on Tuesday morning, with Kent and Sussex the worst hit.

In Hastings, East Sussex, between 0.6in (15mm) and 0.8in (20mm) of rain fell in just one hour overnight, while 0.8in (20mm) fell in East Malling, Kent, over a three-hour period, the Met Office said.

There was flooding in parts of the South East and rail operator Southern said all lines from Brighton through Haywards Heath were temporarily blocked due to heavy rain and flooding.

In London, 0.3in (7mm-8mm) of rain caused minor flooding on some roads.

In the Scottish city of Stirling, Hollie King, 19, was trapped in a friend’s flat as water gushed down the streets of the town centre.

She said: “I nearly got hit by a bin because they were all flying down the hill.

“One of the men that works in an ice-cream shop across the road was chasing his tables and mop and plants down the street because they just got washed away.

“Most of the shops put down their shutters to stop the water from getting in.

“All the pubs and shops that had entrances that weren’t raised were getting flooded and the alleys were all full of water as well.”

In Edinburgh, trams were suspended for a time and some roads were closed.

Europe expected extreme temperatures. Pic: WMO
Extreme temperatures are forecast for Europe. Pic: WMO

The reason for the thunderstorms is a plume of warm air from continental Europe, where France, Spain and Belgium are expecting record-breaking temperatures.

Sky News weather presenter Kirsty McCabe said showers were expected to fade in the evening, leaving most places dry but cloudy and muggy overnight.

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The rest of the week is expected to be dry and sunny with a possible high of 30C (86F) in London on Saturday.

Last year’s record high for June was 33C (91.4F) at Porthmadog in Gwynedd, Wales.

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