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Downpours return after month of rain falls in one day

A flooded road in Leytonstone in East London as forecasters are tonight warning of flash floods in parts of the UK including London. Credit: PA

Britain is set to endure more downpours today after a month's worth of rain fell in a single day.

The country had a brief respite yesterday but more wet weather will sweep in from the Atlantic overnight and most areas will have some rain today.

The great summer getaway had a soggy start on Friday, with travellers and holidaymakers facing wet roads.

Gareth Harvey, senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the rain did not clear East Anglia and Kent until mid-morning on Saturday - by which time Norwich, for example, had received 48mm (1.89 inches) in 24 hours. The average rainfall for the whole month of July in some East Anglian locations is only 52mm.

Mr Harvey said: "The next depression is coming in from the Atlantic. There will be rain in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and south west England by morning, and pretty much everywhere will see some rain through the course of Sunday, with only the very far north of Scotland escaping. There will be some strong winds as well."

Temperatures which reached as high as 20C on Saturday will fall to a maximum of about 18C, below average for July, today.

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