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Floods & rain on the way as this summer set to be wettest in a decade

FLOODS and heavy rain are on the way as this summer is forecast to be the wettest in a DECADE.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for downpours across London, Manchester, Oxford, and England’s eastern coast.

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Defiant beachgoers stuck out the gloomy forecast over the weekendCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Conditions were blustery along the sea front near Southsea beach in Hampshire

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Conditions were blustery along the sea front near Southsea beach in HampshireCredit: PA
Punters on the River Cam in Cambridge got soaked on Saturday

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Punters on the River Cam in Cambridge got soaked on SaturdayCredit: Geoff Robinson
Heavy rain is expected across Britain on Sunday

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Heavy rain is expected across Britain on SundayCredit: Met office

Torrential rain will continue to soak Britain on Sunday as a Met Office weather warning states that “flooding of homes and businesses is likely”.

The agency adds that: “20 to 40 mm of rain could fall in one-to-three hours in a few places, leading to some flooding and disruption.

“Rain and showers will ease from the west by mid-morning.”

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the River Blackwater, Cove Brook, River Cole and Dorcan Brook.

National Highways advised drivers to plan ahead and take care on the roads, with fire services across the country also encouraging caution.

Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “Sunday will see the heavy rain clearing to bright and sunny spells and heavy showers in the east.”

It comes after areas including London have already seen a month’s worth of average rainfall for August.

But temperatures will climb to around 20C in northern areas, and London could see 25C on Sunday.

The Sun reported that this summer is already one of the most miserable for a decade, statistics reveal.

Met Office forecaster Steven Keates said: “This summer has certainly been unremarkable and pretty bland. It’s not going to be remembered for warmth.

“We’ve had flooding, some parts of the country have seen double their average rainfall, and temperatures have been average.”

And he warned: “A heatwave is not on the cards either.”

Met Office figures show this August has been exceptionally grim. The average maximum temperature is currently at 19C.

It has only gone lower in the past ten years on four occasions.

Scarborough was hit by a band of rain on Saturday

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Scarborough was hit by a band of rain on SaturdayCredit: NB PRESS LTD
Some made the most of the empty beaches across the country

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Some made the most of the empty beaches across the countryCredit: NB PRESS LTD
A car was abandoned in Levenshulme, Manchester after storms in early August

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A car was abandoned in Levenshulme, Manchester after storms in early AugustCredit: Startraks
Flooded homes in Lower Clarendon Walk near Grenfell Tower in London, July

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Flooded homes in Lower Clarendon Walk near Grenfell Tower in London, JulyCredit: The Sun
There will be plenty of splashing around over the weekend!

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There will be plenty of splashing around over the weekend!Credit: Alamy

For today, Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “Sunday could be wet in some places and we might need some rainfall warnings.

“It does look as if the Midlands and eastern areas could have a pretty wet Sunday – but there’s also a lot of uncertainty in it.”

Hull, Norwich, Newcastle, and Aberdeen are among eastern areas to be hit by heavy rain on Sunday, with breeze coming off the North Sea.

But, the good news is that after a few more days of rain, warm weather will reach our shores, says Met Office meteorologist Alex Deakin.

He said: “There are signs of drier and sunnier weather ahead, coming next week.”

The low pressure sweeping across Britain is being followed by high pressure.

“That high may well dominate for much of next week.

“It will be drier, sunnier and warmer – and as it’s August there’s still some power left in the sun so it will feel a fair bit warmer next week,” Mr Deakin added.

Looking ahead to Monday, though, a high pressure sweeps in bringing relief for sodden Brits

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Looking ahead to Monday, though, a high pressure sweeps in bringing relief for sodden BritsCredit: MET OFFICE

This was echoed by Netweather TV, which said: “Next week high pressure tries to build in and settle the weather down which might last for the late August Bank holiday.

“That would bring something fine and drier, but it does not mean that there is a heatwave on the way.”

The Met Office’s long-range forecast, for August 24 till September 3, predicts: “Temperatures are likely to be a little above average for this time the of year.”

DAMP BRITAIN

Met Office meteorologist Simon Partridge said the City of London has had 117 per cent of its usual August rainfall already.

He added that 60mm of rain fell on the capital up to August 17 compared with 51mm usually seen over the entire month.

Northern Ireland has had 90mm of rain – 90 per cent of its 97mm average for the month.

East Anglia and north-east England have been the driest areas, having only had 43 per cent of their average August rainfall so far at 24mm and 30mm respectively.

An ice cream van waits for customers near Beachy Head on the South downs in fog and rain

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An ice cream van waits for customers near Beachy Head on the South downs in fog and rainCredit: jon santa cruz
Keeping an eagle-eye on the weather: punters on the River Cam in Cambridge

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Keeping an eagle-eye on the weather: punters on the River Cam in CambridgeCredit: Geoff Robinson
Fog and mist caused difficult driving conditions near Bolton, Gtr Manchester, on August 17

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Fog and mist caused difficult driving conditions near Bolton, Gtr Manchester, on August 17Credit: Mercury
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