Tower Bridge flooded as torrential rain batters London

Traffic had to contend with surface water on the Euston Road in London on Tuesday morning (Picture: Ben Cawthra/LNP)

London is once again struggling to cope with sudden downpours, as flash flooding disrupts transport and the morning commute.

The Tower of London is one of a number of busy roads battling heavy rainfall, while District Line trains are now stopping at Mile End again after flooding temporarily hit the station.

The Met Office had previously warned that torrential downpours were set to batter the UK on Tuesday.

A yellow weather warning for rain is in place over huge swathes of the country, stretching north from the capital nearly as far as Newcastle.

Showery outbreaks are expected to move northeastwards across England, though southern England and Wales could see downpours – some thundery – as the day progresses and turns muggier.

The Met Office has warned that the ‘very heavy rainfall’ could bring disruption to some, before warmer weather later this week.

London has already seen disruption to today’s rush hour, with many road users having to contend with significant surface water.

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Met Office spokesman Grahame Madge told that there was a small chance some places hit by thunder could see rainfall totals of 50mm – 70mm today.

He said that eastern areas within the warning zone could be worst hit by rain but 15mm – 20mm could be widely expected, with 40mm in some areas.

Forecasting a damp day ahead, Met Office meteorologist Helen Roberts added: ‘The heaviest and most persistent rain (is) likely to be across parts of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

‘Some eastern areas (hold) on to the damp conditions right the way through the night, elsewhere it becomes drier but that cloud (will be) rather stubborn.’

The yellow weather warning, which runs from 6am to midnight, cautions that homes and businesses can flood in heavy rain, and power cuts and loss of service is also possible.

The warning stretches across much of the UK until midnight on Tuesday (Picture:

Transport disruption is also likely under heavy rain, with motorists told to drive carefully and look out for spray and flooding, while commuters can expect longer journey times on trains and buses.  

Local media reported on Tuesday morning that London’s A41 is closed in both directions between Brent Cross and The Vale due to flooding.

Parts of London were previously hit particularly hard by flash flooding in August.

But some areas of the country, particularly those outside of the warning area – which stretches from near Cardiff east to near Norwich – can expect a few sunny spells on Tuesday.

Northwestern areas will see further showers on Tuesday evening but much of the heavy rain is expected to clear eastwards overnight, leaving low cloud and some fog.

But there is better weather news from Wednesday onwards, with temperature highs expected to match those in Portugal’s Algarve.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be the warmest days, with some parts seeing 23°C warmth following a dismal August.

However, there will still be rain in parts and the second autumn heatwave is unlikely to match the highs seen last week.

Meanwhile, bookmakers slashed odds on this being the UK’s wettest September on record following the downpours.

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