A delighted water sports fan took to Britain’s roads on his jet-ski today as rivers burst their banks when almost a month’s worth of rain pelted the country in just 24 hours.
Cars, fields and roads have been drowned under a foot of water as rivers overflowed in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, the Calder Valley, north Wales and Shrewsbury, with waters continuing to rise throughout the afternoon.
As many as 34 flood warnings and 49 flood alerts are still in place, issued by the Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales, as river levels are expected to continue to rise over the next few days.
Temporary flood barriers are being hastily put up for the first time in several years at Ironbridge, on the River Severn, as well as at Bewdley, Shrewsbury and Wribbenhall along its course.
Flood defences have also been put in place in York after a car was submerged, the Dame Judi Dench walkway flooded, and the picnic benches surrounded by water.
The joyrider shoots past a drowned car and does a loop as other motorists look on in horror near Castleford, West Yorkshire, unable to get across the flood water.
York has been battered with water as the area floods thanks to the River Ouse bursting its banks, as flood warnings remain in place across the UK
Skipbridge (pictured) near York also saw heavy rain and flooding with the UK seeing nearly a month’s rain falls in 24 hours
Even trees struggled to withstand the heavy flooding that battered Skipbridge in York, with rivers overflowing in Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, the Calder Valley, north Wales and Shrewsbury
Experts predict sunny spells will break up sleet and snow in the UK today, with the weather improving on Monday before turning cloudy and grey across Britain on Tuesday
One water sports enthusiast rode a jet-ski across flood waters near Castleford, West Yorkshire, making the most of the flood
Ice warnings were also in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of Wales and north and northwest of England this morning.
Snow flurries have also been seen in Hope Valley, Derbyshire, and around Stirling castle, Scotland, as the areas were briefly transformed into a winter wonderland.
Hail stones are also expected across the southeast and other areas of the country tonight.
As much as two thirds of a month’s rainfall pelted Rochdale, near Greater Manchester, last night raising the River Roch’s level and threatening residents homes.
The A555 Manchester link road (pictured) is still closed after two third’s of a month’s worth of rain fell in Rochdale, causing rivers to burst their banks
Fields have been completely submerged near Silsden, Yorkshire, after a nearby river burst its banks and flooded the grassland
York has already experienced flooding along the banks of the River Ouse. A parked car has been submerged by the rivers rising waters since early this morning
Water levels in the River Ouse have continued to rise this afternoon further submerging these picnic benches and causing some to float upwards
A pair look out of pub the Kings Arms in York as flood water continues to rise and threatens to break their flood defence
Waters are also threatening to enter houses along the riverside. Claire Dinnis, from the Environment Agency, said ‘persistent heavy rain’ has caused the high river levels which are expected to continue to rise over the next few days
Capel Curig, in the north of Wales, saw 138.6mm of rain in the past 24 hours, more than half their monthly average.
Claire Dinnis, from the Environment Agency, said: ‘Persistent heavy rain on Saturday, falling on ground already wet from rain earlier in the week, has caused high river levels across parts of northern England and the Midlands.
‘We have seen flooding in the Calder Valley, the Greater Manchester area, York and along the River Severn.
‘River levels in these areas will continue to rise in response to this rainfall over the next few days, in particular along the River Severn where we have erected temporary flood barriers in Shrewsbury and Bewdley.
Flood Barriers have also been deployed in Shrewsbury along the River Severn. (Pictured) Barrier put up across a road to stop the floodwaters damaging houses
Temporary flood barriers have been installed along Ironbridge for the first time in several years to protect against the River Severn’s rising water levels. (Pictured) men install flood defences at Ironbridge
Walkways along the side of the river have also been submerged as the Environment Agency warns that more flooding could be on the way, putting out 34 flood warnings. (Pictured): River Ouse, York
The Dame Judi Dench walkway in York has also been submerged by rising water levels. The Environment Agency expects water levels to continue to rise throughout the day
A member of staff at the Kings Arms in York jumps across the flooded water to leave. Inside the pub has lines drawn on the wall showing the level water has got to in previous floods
People look out at the riverway in York, where water has drowned the walkway and roads under several feet of water
The pair check the water level outside the pub to try and find out how deep it is. Flood warnings are still in place across the UK
Flood water pictured at Skipbridge near York also shut the entry road to Thistledown House bed and breakfast today and flooded nearby fields
A railway line was also drowned yesterday in water on the Calder Valley line between Rochdale and Halifax
Snow was also seen across the UK this morning. The Hope Valley in Derbyshire is experiencing snow fall today after temperatures dropped across the area. (Pictured) A blue Vauxhall carefully navigates the wintry conditions
Snow has also fallen around historic Stirling castle, Scotland, which once housed Mary Queen of Scots and Robert the Bruce
As many as 34 flood warnings are in place mostly across the north and northwest of England. There are also 66 flood alerts in place
Wales also has five flood warnings in place as well as 17 flood alerts due to the persistent heavy rains that battered the UK
Flood barriers have been closed in York as the city experienced flooding due to heavy rains that battered the country yesterday
Ice warnings were in place for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the north of Wales, and north and northwest of England
‘We have officers out on the ground checking defences, clearing drainage channels and supporting affected communities.
‘We would urge people to check the flood risk in their area and not to drive through flood water – just 12 inches of water can be enough to float your car.
Becky Mitchell, from the MET Office, said it is quite possible that some areas have received almost a months worth of rainfall, particularly in the northwest of England and Wales.
Speaking about the day ahead she said there will be a mixture of sunshine and showers in some areas, with snow possible in Scotland.
‘It’s going to be breezy but not as windy as the last few days.
‘It could get up to 11 degrees in the south but a bit colder across Scotland, about seven or eight degrees celsius.
‘Tonight we are going to have clear skies in many areas and that means we could have a touch of frost, particularly in areas of Scotland where you could have snow on the ground.
‘And then in the west it should turn cloudy with a bit of rain towards the end of the night.’
‘We’ve got some scattered showers around and there’s been a few rumbles this afternoon. The hail has mainly been around southeast England but it’s possible in other areas as well.
‘There’s also been some sleet and snow on higher ground’
Shopkeepers in Rochdale were pictured building up flood defences last night as heavy storms caused inches of water to rise up, with more wet weather on the way today. Their town received two thirds of a months worth of rain in 24 hours yesterday
The water levels in the River Roch in Rochdale, pictured, were rising throughout the night and came close to bursting the banks. Winds of 55mph and thunderstorms are set to hit parts of the UK today
Rochdale Sixth Form College, pictured, was also flooded when the river burst its banks due to a stormy weather system
Yesterday the railway line in Calder Valley was completely submerged by flood waters.
Much of the country has struggled in high winds over the past few days and although they are dropping, gusts will still reach up to 55mph.
Experts predict sunnier skies from the middle of next week, bringing an end to almost seven days of wet weather.
Over the weekend a storm, which the Met Office considered naming Storm Hannah, brought snow to northern England, southern Scotland and
Severe flooding in North Wales caused by the heavy rain has caused devastation for businesses and homes along the banks of the river Conwy which burst its banks earlier today.
National Trust owned Tu Hwnt i’r Bont Tearoom was a casualty of the flooding, and ended up underneath 3ft of water with high tide still to come.
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Several cars were involved in an accident on the M77 southbound at the Maidenhill exit slip near Newton Mearns, while part of the M8 was flooded at Paisley.
A yellow warning for ice extends into the early hours of this morning.
Forecasters are warning of delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport and for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes, combined with seven separate warnings today for wind, rain, ice and snow.
It comes after more than 2,100 homes, offices and shops in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, were blacked out on Friday, along with nearly 200 properties in the Devon towns of Plymouth and Torquay.
Storm Gareth swept into Britain earlier this week, bringing gusts of up to 75mph on Tuesday night, while winds of more than 60mph were felt widely across western parts of the UK in the early hours of thursday.
Three climbers died following an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain, with a fourth taken to hospital with serious injuries. The group were caught by a river of snow and ice in a gully.
Queues of lorries around seven miles long formed along a section of a major motorway at Dover in Kent waiting for space on ferries and Eurotunnel crossings after severe weather disrupted cross-Channel crossings.
A tree falling on to overhead wires between Irvine and Kilwinning overnight caused disruption to trains between Glasgow and Ayr, but Scotrail confirmed thurday afternoon that the lines had been repaired.
Trains between Durham and Newcastle were also halted after overhead electric wires were damaged, impacting LNER, CrossCountry, Northern and Transpennine Express services, but reopened later that day.
Some Virgin Trains services between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and some between Glasgow Central and Preston were cancelled. There were also reports of trees blocking roads.
The Tu Hwnt I’r Bont tearoom on the banks of the River Conwy in North Wales, where severe flooding has led to the closure of the popular tourist attraction today which stands in stark contrast to its more familiar picture postcard scenery