Flood alerts have been issued all over England as remnants of Hurricane Humberto arrive from across the Atlantic today which will see more than a month’s worth of rain fall in as little as six hours.
Widespread weather warnings have also been put in place up and down the UK as thunderstorms bring in the region of 2.7 inches of rain in some areas, leading to fears of mass flooding and chaos for motorists.
The downpour is being brought by a burst of low pressure travelling across the UK, along with warm and humid air linked to the remnants of Hurricane Humberto which hit the Bermuda coastline last week.
The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings for south-west England and 27 flood alerts across the rest of the country.
Meanwhile the Met Office warned of strong gusts hitting coastal areas throughout the day, with those living in low-lying areas warned that flooding was likely.
Met Office forecaster Luke Miall said 48mm of rain has already fallen in parts of Hampshire over the past six hours, while mid-Dorset experienced 36.4mm.
A Jeep is pictured driving through the rainwater as the River Rea bursts its banks and a Corsa becomes stranded in water in Longbridge, Birmingham
Roads have also flooded in West Hampstead, London, this morning (pictured) with a bin lorry struggling to drive through surface water
Cars struggle to pass through flooded roads in Southampton this morning after thunderstorms swept in on the south coast overnight
Today’s weather warning is set to last until 11pm and although the heavy rain is expected to clear by Wednesday, a low-pressure front is expected to remain for the rest of the week
Commuters were stuck outside Farringdon Station in London after large puddles held up people crossing the road
A car in Birmingham is left stranded in the middle of the road after sudden floods caused it to become trapped in rainwater this morning
Commuters are shown running for shelter during a heavy downpour in London this morning (left), while flooding in Southampton caused chaos on the roads (right)
One woman crossing Westminster Bridge in London looked less than pleased as she tried to protect herself from the elements using a poncho
England and Wales can expect 30-50mm of rain today, with up to 70mm in isolated spots, the Met Office said.
‘There is likely to be disruption throughout central and southern England this morning,’ Mr Miall said.
‘I would expect quite a lot of surface water flooding on the roads. That will cause some disruption to people travelling, so you can expect journey times to be delayed.’
Mr Miall said an area stretching from Liverpool down to the south-east coast is at risk of seeing between 15mm and 30mm of rain fall within ‘a couple of hours’ this morning.
Meanwhile hundreds of commuters were trapped for up to an hour after rain caused a huge backlog at Farringdon Train Station.
Crowds found themselves trapped outside a narrow pathway after a deluge caused a huge puddle to form on a pedestrian crossing over a busy road.
As people tried to leave the busy central London tube station, they got caught up in the jam – and some even had to ring their companies explaining why they would be late.
A van made a big splash after driving through puddles in Colnbrook, west London, (pictured) this morning
Pedestrians in Cambridge endured a rainy start to the day and ducked for cover under their umbrellas, pictured
Drivers on the M4 in south Gloucestershire have been struggling with spray due to water building up along the road
Ominous storm clouds drifted above Brighton Pier today where the Labour Party Annual Conference is taking place
A London bus was also pictured making a huge wave as it drove through a flooded road in Colnbrook, west London
Widespread weather warnings have been issued up and down the country as thunderstorms bring in the region of 2.7 inches of rain in as little as six hours today, leading to fears of mass flooding and chaos for commuters
One cyclist in Cambridge opted for a poncho as they road through the city amid drizzle and windy conditions
Another commuter in Birmingham was drenched as he walked through the city centre amid a downpour
A 38-year-old office worker said: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it. It takes me literally a minute to usually walk to work from the station, but today it took me the best part of an hour.
‘I had to ring my boss and tell him he’d be late – he didn’t believe me until I sent him the pictures.’
The problem was exacerbated by Crossrail building works that have narrowed the wide pedestrian road – and the uneven surface caused massive puddles to form.
The gridlock began about 8am and finished around 10am.
The Travel Dorset Twitter account, run by Dorset Council, said there has been reports of ‘deep flooding’ in parts of Dorchester this morning.
Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has two flood warnings in place for the River Frome between Maiden Newton and Dorchester, in Dorset, south west England.
It said flooding ‘is expected’ along the river between 8am and 6pm today.
A further 27 flood alerts, where flooding ‘is possible’, have been issued for rivers in the South East, East Midlands and North West of England.
A fallen tree blocks the tracks between Smethwick and Langley Green earlier today after strong gusts brought on by thunderstorms overnight
Families and workers on Westminster Bridge were subjected to horrendous weather this morning
Cyclists were also left facing a struggle to get to work today as they peddled hard through floods in Southampton, pictured
Cars in Birmingham struggled to make it through surface water and were seen mounting the pavement to get by, pictured
Large queues were building in Southampton today after officials closed part of a main road into the city with the weather causing traffic chaos
Scenes like this van driving through a huge puddle in Southampton were commonplace around the country today
Roads in West Hampstead, London, have been completely submerged following the huge downpour so far today
Commuters are set to face the worst of the disruption, with buses and trains likely to be affected by the heavy rain.
A ‘brief respite’ in some parts is expected in the early afternoon, Mr Wilson said, adding that ‘more rain is predicted for the evening.’
Today’s weather warning is set to last until 11pm and although the heavy rain is expected to clear by Wednesday, a low-pressure front is expected to remain for the rest of the week.
This will bring bright and breezy weather to the UK along with some showers or prolonged spells of rain.
Temperatures could rise to the low 20s, which is slightly warmer than average for early autumn. The norm for this time of year is in the mid-to-high teens.
Yellow weather warnings were also in place in some places during the weekend, with scattered thundery showers on Sunday afternoon.
Wet weather is set to continue in England for the rest of the day with cyclists and pedestrians alike soaked in Cambridge
Skies also looked threatening above oil tankers sailing off the coast of Penzance, Cornwall, pictured
Drivers have been confronted with flooded roads all day, with a month of rain set to fall across England and Wales in the next 12 hours. Pictured is a van driving in Colnbrook, west London
One cyclist was subjected to a deluge of rain as cars drove past splashing surface water onto the pavement in Southampton
Workers in Southampton have also closed off part of a dual carriageway into the city to fix drain issues, pictured
The downpour is being brought by a burst of low pressure travelling across the UK, along with warm and humid air linked to the remnants of Hurricane Humberto (pictured) which hit the Bermuda coastline last week