Landslides trapped hundreds of rail passengers for up to eight hours yesterday and Britain’s miserable downpour is today set to continue into its fifth day.
Flooding pushed a train into a ditch next to its track in Corby, Northamptonshire, with about 500 people stranded until another train turned up and saw the carriage, alerting Network Rail and the emergency services.
It came as the RAF had to block a break in a riverbank in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, as torrential rain blighted the country.
This train was dislodged in Corby, where about 500 passengers were stranded until another train came along and noticed the carnage caused by landslides
Despite the sodden conditions it did little to dampen the spirits of revellers (pictured) arriving at the festival, which is headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.
Punters are leaving this weekend’s Download Festival before the music has even begun after torrential rain turned the site into a mudbath
A Chinook helicopter was deployed to drop sand in an attempt to stop the flow of water after the River Steeping experienced a breach.
Seventy properties were hit by flooding, but Lincolnshire County Council warned that up to 720 could be affected after it said the town of Wainfleet had more than two months of rain in just two days.
Matt Warman, Tory MP for Boston and Skegness, tweeted that his thoughts ‘were with all in Wainfleet this evening’, adding that he had been in contact with the Environment Agency at the scene of the breach and was ‘confident everything possible is being done’.
The good news is that weather experts believe it’s not too late for June to heat up. Exacta Weather’s James Madden said it was an ‘abysmal start’ to summer, but added: ‘With better weather on the horizon in the coming weeks, a flaming June is still on the cards.’
There are currently no Met Office weather warnings in place for today, with conditions forecast to be calmer
And the Met Office reported an outside chance of temperatures hitting 25C (77F) in London and the South East on Sunday.
Meanwhile, music aficionados yesterday braved a tornado at the Isle of Wight festival, while some festival-goers abandoned the mudbath at Download, as Britain is set to be hit by yet more rain.
The sodden conditions did little to dampen the spirits of revellers arriving for the island festival, which is headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, George Ezra and Biffy Clyro.
The unexpected summer weather was so tempestuous on the island a terrifying cyclone could be seen swirling ominously in the sky, but fortunately, only a lasted a few minutes before tailing off.
At Download – the annual heavy metal and rock festival in Donington Park – some punters left before the music had even started after the downpour turned the site into a mudbath, with some social media users renaming the festival ‘Drownload.’
Hopefully music lovers have packed enough waterproofs and dry clothes as The Met Office has warned of yet more wet weather to come on Friday, and a decidedly unsettled weekend ahead, with thundery outbreaks in places.
Nothing can dampen the spirits of these three friends as they prepare to enjoy a weekend of music and entertainment on the Isle of Wight
Despite the rain, music aficionados can be seen here carrying packs of Strongbow on their heads and ready for a weekend of music
This is the dramatic moment Britain’s sodden summer took a dramatic twist when a ‘tornado’ struck the Isle of Wight
Festival goers arriving at Isle of Wight Festival. These smiling festival-goers are already prepared for the potential bad weather by donning wellies
Some social media users have renamed the Download as ‘Drownload’ after the difficult conditions at the annual heavy metal and rock festival
Some abandoned upturned wellington boots at Download Festival stuck in the mud sum up the conditions at the metal and rock festival this year
A happy festival goer clutches a can of cider as he prepares for a weekend of mud and fun at the Isle of Wight festival
Kevin Simm of Wet Wet Wet performs on stage during Isle of Wight Festival 2019 this evening in conditions that could be described as…wet
One music fan said she spent £600 on Download festival – which is headlined by Slipknot, Def Leppard and Tool – but had to head back home.
She said: ‘We travelled home last night, got in at 4am… gutted is an understatement for how I feel about leaving.
‘We couldn’t have afforded a hotel, we couldn’t afford to drive home and then back up today.
‘We made the very difficult decision to leave. And to all those who have made the same decision, I’m so sorry you felt the same way.
‘We wanted to save ourselves, our clothes, our belongings before they got drenched and ruined.
‘We only had a single skin tent (our fault completely) which honestly didn’t help but I’ve seen that even double skin tents have been having issues.’
Another woman said she left the heavy metal festival because of the mud. Samantha Gibben said: ‘We had a perfectly watertight tent. Nothing was leaking. But left because of the mud. It’s that bad less than a day in.
A BMW X5 is wedged under a footbridge on Green Road in Birmingham today after the driver tried to get through 3ft water
‘I’ll never survive. My hips were dislocating from slipping on the mud as we walked in even with wellies. I can’t handle it’.
Others said they were planning to stay in a hotel instead of camping. Louise Booth said that she ‘booked a hotel just six miles from the festival’.
As festival goers were arriving in the Isle of Wight earlier today a huge vortex of air and water was spotted by photographer Jamie Russell over Chale on the Isle of Wight. He was about half a mile away from the funnel cloud and described how motorists pulled over to get a look at it.
Mr Russell said: ‘I spent most of yesterday chasing smaller storms around but as soon as I saw the funnel cloud forming I got in my car and drove as close as I could get.
‘I ended up about half a mile away and could see it was bigger than previous examples we’ve seen. Around me four or five cars pulled over to look at it and it even touched the ground for a brief minute or two.’
Pedestrians are caught in heavy downpours on Westminster Bridge today as the ‘treacherous’ weather continues in Britain
A van makes a splash as it drives through a flooded road this morning in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Pedestrians take cover from the rain in a bus shelter as they are caught in heavy downpours on Westminster Bridge today
A Ford Mondeo driver battles through flood water on a road in Majors Green on the outskirts of Birmingham this morning
A man walks through floodwater in barefeet today while two cyclists ride through the water in Majors Green, Birmingham
People are caught in heavy rain next to the fountains outside Sheffield train station in South Yorkshire this morning
A stranded Mercedes C220 car sits in flood water in St Helens, Merseyside, this morning after torrential rain hit the region
Pedestrians are caught in torrential downpours while crossing Westminster Bridge today as the rain continues
More than 90 flood warnings and alerts have been imposed across England, with people in the Midlands rescued from their cars after getting stuck driving through deep water – and properties and roads inundated.
Drenched social media users took to Twitter to complain about the four days of miserable weather since Monday, which has been a stark contrast to this time last year when the UK was enjoying its hottest summer on record.
One Twitter user said they were ‘over the rain’, while another added: ‘Come back summer, we miss you!’. A third asked if the country has ‘actually had summer’, while a fourth joked: ‘I love summer, the rain is warmer.’
And literary agent Caroline Hardman, from London, summed up the nation’s thoughts by tweeting: ‘I’ve been trying to ignore it, but I’m too English not to tweet about the weather. Summer, why have you forsaken us?!’
Met Office warnings are in place for parts of Scotland, North Wales and northern England today, but most of the UK will experience rain after a week that has already brought double the normal amount for June in a few days.
Meanwhile an astonishing video showed a pinewood tree appearing to ‘breathe’ in gale-force winds yesterday, as a huge area of earth at its base opened like a giant mouth at Clatto Country Park on the outskirts of Dundee.
What are funnel clouds?
Funnel clouds, also known as ‘tuba’, are spinning fingers of cloud reaching towards the ground. They are formed when a rotating column of wind brings in cloud droplets, making a section of intense low pressure visible.
They almost always form from cumulonimbus clouds – meaning heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning can all be expected If they touch the ground, they become a tornado and the strong winds can cause severe damage.
The UK is thought to see about 30 tornadoes each year, but they are rarely strong enough to cause big damage.
Heavy rain and flooding also caused disruption to trains in the North West yesterday, including Merseyrail services between Chester and Liverpool Central, and Virgin Trains between London Euston and North Wales.
Rail services were also disrupted in the East Midlands after a train hit part of a tree on the track near Uttoxeter following heavy rain. East Midlands Trains tweeted: ‘Luckily no major damage was done or anybody injured.’
Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said nearly half of its call-outs overnight were related to the weather, with 31 of 71 calls to the service coming from people concerned about floodwater.
Torrential rain saw flooding hit parts of the Midlands late last night. A number of people needed rescuing from cars caught in floodwater in Nottingham and Warwickshire as the inclement weather moved across the country.
The Met Office said ‘conditions on the roads will be treacherous for some with surface water flooding and intense rainfall’ this morning, while there was a ‘small chance’ some communities could become cut off.
The Met Office has issued three weather warnings for today
Chillingham in Northumberland saw nearly 1cm (0.4in) of rain in the space of an hour this morning. The village had seen 73mm (2.8in) of rainfall in 28 hours – more than the 66.4mm (2.6in) average for the whole of June.
Elsewhere, Waddington in Lincolnshire saw nearly 40mm (1.6in) fall over 14 hours, while over the same period Coleshill in Warwickshire saw 30mm (1.2in) fall and 31mm was seen at Astwood Bank in Worcestershire.
Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by standing water and floods while the Environment Agency said 18 people were rescued in the city after getting stuck driving through flood water.
Operations manager Kelly Golds tweeted: ’18 people have had to be rescued by emergency services after getting stuck driving through flood water. Just 30cm of fast flowing water is enough to move your car.’
Meanwhile, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was advising residents in Lambley to stay indoors due to floodwater. Newark MP Robert Jenrick also said properties were flooded in Lowdham and Southwell.
In Warwickshire, three people were rescued from a car stuck in a ford in a village near Sutton Coldfield last night. Elsewhere, flood barriers were put up in Northwich amid concerns over the level of the River Weaver.
Motorists try to drive through standing water near Bewdley in Worcestershire today after days of heavy rainfall
Continuous rain in Birmingham over the past few days has closed the A38 Kingsbury Road due to flooding this morning
A bus drives through a flooded road in Gateshead this morning as motorists struggle with the wet conditions
Morning commuters take shelter under umbrellas this morning in Ascot, Berkshire, as the rain shows no signs of stopping
Kingfisher Caravan Park in Lincolnshire was evacuated yesterday due to the continuous wet weather which has hit the UK
A Jaguar car is left abandoned today after it was swamped in flood water on Peterbrook Road in Majors Green, Birmingham
Flooding between Whitlocks End and Stratford Upon Avon blocked this train line in the West Midlands this morning
Flooding in Arnold, Nottinghamshire, overnight saw roads turn into rivers and conditions became dangerous for drivers
Winter coats are the order of the day in Ascot this morning as commuters walk in the rain that continues to fall in Berkshire
Nottingham City Transport said many roads had been affected by flooding. The town of Arnold is pictured overnight
Rail users were hit by cancellations and delays yesterday as torrential rain struck England, Scotland and Wales. Met Office meteorologist Luke Miall warned that the wet weather would continue to blight parts of the UK today.
More than 90 flood warnings and alerts are in place today
He said: ‘As this system pushes up from the South East through the course of the night, it will re-intensify and continue through much of Thursday.’
Mr Miall said parts of south-east Scotland could see up to 100mm (4in) of rain, with an amber alert in place warning of heavy downpours.
According to the Met Office, the wettest ever June for the UK as a whole was in 2012 when an average of 149mm (5.9in) of rain fell. Mr Miall said this month’s rainfall so far was ‘still a long way off’ breaking that record.
He explained that following a dry summer and winter river levels across the country were low, meaning much of the current flooding was surface water flooding that could potentially retreat quickly.
But by the end of today, flooding would increasingly be the consequence of cumulative rainfall, he added.
There are currently no Met Office warnings in place past today, with conditions forecast to be calmer.
The weather is expected to be drier, warmer and sunnier, but with the risk of heavy and thundery showers in some places.
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Holidaymaker jumps into floodwater from inside his caravan after summer holiday is ruined by wet weather
This hilarious video shows a holidaymaker diving into floodwater from inside his caravan after his summer getaway was ruined by unseasonably wet weather.
Alex Henderson, 28, pulled on a pair of yellow shorts, a swim cap and a pair of goggles after finding out the on-site pool was closed for the day.
Footage shows him throwing his body head-first into the inches-deep water and desperately trying to swim away from the caravan.
Alex then flips his body over, a move he describes as ‘like an Olympic athlete’, and starts doing backstroke towards a neighbouring caravan.
The 25 second video was taken by friend Alec Marshall, 31, at a caravan park in Skegness, Lincolnshire, yesterday. The pair travelled to the site from County Durham on Sunday for a break beside the sea.
At the start of the clip, Mr Marshall can be heard saying: ‘Here we have the caravan Olympics. And for the final, we have Alex Henderson doing the ten metre dash.’
Speaking from the Skegness seafront today, Mr Henderson said: ‘I wanted to go for a swim but the pool was closed. When I came back Alec said I should just go for one outside, so I put my shorts on.
Alex Henderson, 28, pulled on a pair of yellow shorts, a swim cap and a pair of goggles at the caravan park in Skegness, Lincolnshire
‘I jumped into the water and had a great time, it was lovely. I came here for a holiday and I’m going to enjoy it. I was hoping for sun and sand but I’ve ended up with rain and mud.’
As the day went on and the rain kept coming Alex videoed a family of ducks bobbing past his caravan. Then one of his neighbour’s took to showering in gutter water after the drains in her own caravan got blocked.
The seaside resort of Skegness has been on a yellow flood alert during this week after 60ml of rain fell during one night with heavy showers and gale force winds continuing to batter the town.