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Man in his 80s found dead in flashfloods as wild Bank Holiday weather brings sun after heavy rain

The wild Bank Holiday weather could see Monday become the hottest day of the year so far - a day after flash floods hammered the West Midlands, claiming at least one life.

Thunderstorms and heavy downpours swept across the country on Sunday, causing flash flooding that left a major route into Birmingham impassable because of water up to 5ft deep.

West Midlands Police said a man in his 80s was taken to hospital early Monday morning after his car was found submerged in floodwater in Walsall. He was confirmed dead a short time later.

Standing water on the M42 near Birmingham after heavy rain on Sunday. Credit: PA

The Met Office said a site at Winterbourne, in Edgbaston, recorded 58mm of rainfall in just one hour on Sunday afternoon, and 81mm in a 12-hour period.

The monthly average for the West Midlands region in May is 55mm, meteorologist Craig Snell said.

Thunderstorms hit areas of the UK over the bank holiday weekend. Credit: PA

But he said the torrential rain had been “very localised”, pointing out that another site 10 miles away at Coleshill recorded just 3mm of rain in 12 hours.

The heavy downpours could continue for some on Monday, with a yellow weather warning for rain in place as thunderstorms roll south through Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire overnight.

Mr Snell said: “We won’t see the scenes we saw last night.

“There could be a few very short-lived thunderstorms but overall it will be a much quieter night.”

Warm evening weather on Sunday at Emsworth Mill Pond on the Hampshire/West Sussex border. Credit: PA

Mr Snell said temperatures could hit highs of 28C or 29C in the South East, potentially surpassing the 2018 record of 29.1C on April 19 in St James’ Park, central London.

He said: “It all depends how much cloud develops. There’s a chance we could see the warmest day of the year.

“It will be quite widely into the 20s across many parts of the UK.

“For a bank holiday Monday, it’s not looking too bad.

“Further thundery downpours might appear in the late afternoon – not everyone will see them but if you do see one they could be quite nasty.

“The areas worst hit on Sunday might escape.”

Scotland would see the most prolonged sunshine, he said, but most areas would start dry and cloud cover quickly burn off.