BBC Weather: Amber warning issued ahead of heavy rainfall
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The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain which could cause flooding in central and eastern areas of England until midnight tonight. Parts of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will also experience wet weather throughout the day, but no warnings have been issued for these nations.
The forecasting service’s latest precipitation charts reveal large parts of England turning red and yellow as rain batters Britain.
This morning, cars were pictured were captured grappling through floodwater on Tower Bridge in central London beneath a blanket of clouds.
The capital is predicted to be one of the worst-hit areas in terms of rainfall today, with up to 25mm (0.98 inches) of water predicted to lash London.
Met Office meteorologist Annie Shuttleworth said as the rain moves north-eastwards throughout Tuesday, areas of the Midlands and northeast could see 40mm (1.57 inches) of rain.
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She added the rain is set to ease in the south on Tuesday afternoon, with a “low risk” of thunderstorms to follow.
Ms Shuttleworth said: “We have seen the main body of rain move further north throughout the morning, and the rain will persist for the longest in north-eastern parts of England.”
Whilst Netweather forecaster Ian Simpson, stated: “Today has started off wet and overcast for much of the UK, particularly the majority of Scotland (with the exception of north-west Scotland) and central and eastern parts of England.
“Sunshine is largely confined to west Wales, Cornwall and parts of Northern Ireland and north-west Scotland.
“During the day, a belt of moderate to heavy persistent rain will spread north-eastwards from the south Midlands through much of the rest of the Midlands and into north-east England.”
Netweather forecasters have also signalled that some parts of the UK could experience thundery showers.
On Wednesday, Ms Shuttleworth said it will stay fairly settled with patchy sunshine predicted throughout the coming days.
Tuesday temperatures of around 18C (64.4F) in London and 15C (59F) in Edinburgh will climb to around 21C (69.8F) and 18C (64.4F) respectively on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
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Meanwhile, temperatures in Cardiff and Belfast are predicted to remain constant at around 18C (64.4F) throughout the working week.
Grey skies and temperatures in the late teens this week hailed the end of summery weather towards the middle of the month.
Much of the UK basked in sweltering sunshine at the start of the month, including Wales which experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached the highest since 1906.
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