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Yesterday evening and night marked the end of this month's long dry spell - in some places, not a drop of rain had fallen since the start of July.
An extensive area of rain travelled up from France yesterday evening and drifted northwards across Britain overnight.
Cumbria was the wettest place with over a months worth of rainfall in under 24 hours.
Today there is a fresher feel for most of us. Rain will slowly ease from Scotland and elsewhere there will be a few showers - some heavy with rumbles of thunder.
In the sunshine it feels pleasantly warm and generally a lot less humid and muggy than of late.
Heavy rainfall is clearing to leave a mixture of sunshine and scattered, intense showers.
Torrential rain, thunder and lightning is blighting the first weekend of the school holidays, as thousands set off across the UK for their summer break.
The heavy downpours have already caused flash-flooding in the South East and the Midlands, with more expected today as the rain spreads north and west.
In just four hours yesterday evening Market Bosworth in Leicestershire endured 61mm of rain and many other areas saw between 20mm and 30mm, with similar amounts forecast today.
This compares with an average rainfall of around 80mm for the whole month of July, weather experts said.
The Met Office has issued further warnings of heavy rains and torrential downpours for today across northern parts of the UK.
There are now yellow warnings in place for Orkney & Shetland, Highlands & Eilean Siar, Grampian, Central, Tayside & Fife. Warnings over the East of England, London and South East England have been downgraded.
The Met Office has issued a Yellow warning for rain for Sunday and the beginning of next week, after the UK enjoyed scorching temperatures.
There are thunderstorms expected in much of England, Wales and Scotland, with risk of torrential downpours.
- East Midlands
- East of England
- London & South East England
- North East England
- North West England
- South west Scotland
- Lothian Borders
- West Midlands
- Yorkshire & Humber
The Met Office has issued an "amber" warning of heavy rain across parts of the UK, as thundery weather is expected to move north to cover large parts of England on Sunday.
North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humber, as well as East and West Midlands are expected to be the worst affected areas.
Amber alerts advise people to "be prepared".
The Environment Agency is warning people to be prepared for possible flooding in 8 areas across the Midlands. It follows some torrential downpours this evening.
The areas affected are:
- Upper Dove
- Loughborough Urban Watercourses
- River Avon, River Swift and Clay Coton Brook
- River Leen and Day Brook, Nottinghamshire
- Middle Tame
- Upper Tame
- River Stour and Smestow Brook
- River Trent Tributaries, Nottinghamshire
More information is on the Environment Agency website
Thirty-two flood alerts have been issued across parts of the UK, as Britain's sunshine comes to an abrupt end. The North East will be the worst affected according to the Environment Agency, along with the Midlands and Anglia.
Flood alerts indicate flooding is possible and locals should be prepared.
See the latest flood alerts on the Environment Agency website.
Festival goers at the Womad festival in Wiltshire have been forced to seek shelter through-out the day from rain.
The Met Office has issued a weather warning for heavy downpours and thunderstorms for parts of the country, this weekend.
A couple of inches of rain could fall in a short space of time in some parts of the UK today.