BBC Weather: England soaked in a ‘month’s worth of rain’ as London grapples with flooding

BBC Weather: Month’s worth of rain causes flooding

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Matt Taylor told BBC Breakfast that both Topcliffe in Yorkshire and Kew Gardens saw the expected amount of rain for the whole of July in just a few hours on Monday. The BBC meteorologist also highlighted Swanage as an area that suffered severe rainfall.

Mr Taylor said: “We said about a month’s worth of rain would fall in a short space of time and it certainly did.

“Topcliffe in Yorkshire saw exactly a month’s worth of rainfall.

“So did Kew and not far off that in Swanage.

“Most of that rain fell in just a couple of hours.”

The BBC meteorologist then showed footage of severe flooding in London.

Mr Taylor however noted conditions will be more settled through Tuesday, with sunny spells and scattered showers.

A bit of a cloudy start of the day for central England but the BBC Weather forecaster noted the coverage will ease through the day. 

Temperatures reaching highs of 24C in western England and Wales, highs of 22C in Scotland.

On Monday the London Fire Brigade admitted it had inundated with calls as a result of the flooding.

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London Fire Brigade tweeted: “Our 999 Control Officers have taken over 150 calls to flooding incidents across #SWLondon. Please only call 999 in an emergency.

“During a flood, don’t go out unless you have to. Avoid walking through floodwater & take extra care on the road.”

On Monday, BBC Weather meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker posted a video on Twitter of heavy rain hammering South West London.

He wrote: “Who’s in west London under this ‘MASSIVE’ downpour.


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“The thunderstorm has become almost stationary for nearly an hour. Really bad over Wembley, Ealing, Chiswick, Wimbledon…and other areas.

“Flash flooding happening no doubt…take care!” 

Members of the public took to social media to share their thoughts and experiences of the flooding in London.

One tweeted: “We got a bit of a flood worry near Westfield in west London.

“The flooding is everywhere.”

Another wrote: “One of London’s major climate change risks is flooding as a result of more intense summer rainfall.

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