Brits will be hit by downpours and torrential flooding after a month of rain in 48 hours as waterspout was observed
The BRITS face even more torrential downpours after a month of rain that fell in just 48 hours – while astonished Glamorgan residents have even spotted a rare waterspout.
Yellow weather warnings for rain are in place across the country until Monday morning.
Delegates heading to the COP26 eco-summit in Glasgow will be among those expected to face extraordinarily heavy downpours.
And in Wales, meteorologist James Thomas captured an astonishing photo of a waterspout in the Bristol Channel from Llantwit Major.
The phenomenon is caused when a whirlpool lifts water and spray from the sea or another body of water, such as a lake.
Millions of people have experienced days of misery as heavy rains fell this week.
Dartmoor in Devon received 125 millimeters of rain in 48 hours, compared to an average of 130 millimeters in October.
Seven flood warnings are currently in place across England, with residents of Cumbria bracing for chaos as swollen rivers overflow.
Cumbrians and Scots living in the South West have faced the worst of times this week.
About 40 homes in Honister Pass, Cumbria, were inundated after two months of rain – over 1.3 feet – fell in just a few days.
UK railways have warned of service disruptions due to conditions and travelers from Windermere and Carlisle have been held up by flooded rail tracks.
And there is more misery ahead for many.
Annie Shuttleworth, forecaster for the Met Office, said after a gradual improvement in the weather on Saturday, “torrential rains” would return briefly overnight.
“It was a wet start for many of us with a band of heavy rains moving east across the country bringing fairly heavy rains,” she said.
“Tonight we are going to see a similar group and we expect localized flooding.
“There will be travel disruptions and the rain will likely last a little longer on Sunday.
“The weather we live in is fairly typical for fall, although we do see heavy showers that are fairly regular.
“There wasn’t a lot of breathing space between the rain.”
Ms Shuttleworth added that despite a week of above average temperatures for October, conditions would drop to single digits in the coming days.
MILLION WAITING FOR DELUGE
Families hoping for a happy mid-term break faced plenty of indoor card games.
A deluge will fall tomorrow as a band of rain passes through the South West and Wales before pushing towards the North East.
Rain warnings are in place in the south.
A section of the west between southern Scotland and central Wales will also be affected until Monday morning.
Forecasters today revealed that conditions have been extreme, even taking into account the usual fall rains.
Chief meteorologist Andy Page said the showers were caused by a range of factors, including strong southwest winds, a “conveyor belt” of warm air and a slow weather front.
“Rainfall continues to pose a threat of flooding and transport disruption, with difficult driving conditions and possible road closures,” he said.
Aidan McGivern of the Met Office has warned that the rainfall is unusually severe.
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“These are exceptional rainfall totals for even the wettest part of the UK, which is Cumbria on average, and for the wettest part of the year,” he said.
Ben Lukey, flood manager at the Environment Agency, warned families during the fall break to be especially careful on unfamiliar roads.
“We urge residents and visitors, especially Lake District vacationers, to remain vigilant and check their flood risk,” he said.
Mr Lukey’s colleague Andy Brown said the situation in some areas could have been devastating without the flood defenses.
He told BBC Radio Cumbria: “These tusks cannot protect us 100% of the time and unfortunately a lot of people in Cumbria know that well whether you are in Keswick or Carlisle or a number of other places there a time will come when these defenses will be overcome.
“I am very grateful today that thousands of properties have avoided flooding with these magnificent flood defenses.”
And people across the country are advised to fall back if possible this week.
Meteorologist Luke Miall said: “Autumn is very present across the UK this week, becoming much more volatile over the next few days.
“We could see a large amount of rain piling up with a risk of flooding and pretty tricky travel conditions.
“Highs of 18 ° C however, very, very mild for this stage of the year.
“Fairly strong winds as well, so we’ll continue to see some pretty disruptive precipitation at times.”