UK weather: Heavy rain wreaks havoc as torrential downpours flood towns across England

Shocking pictures have emerged of towns being left underwater amid heavy rainfall across the country.

Different parts of the England have been deluged with heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours, with as much as an inch of rain expected to fall by the end of the day in Devon and Cornwall.

One picture shows a stranded car in Bromsberrow, Gloucestershire, having to be rescued by firefighters in a dinghy because of dangerously high floods.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We’re attending reports of a motorist trapped in their vehicle in flood water at Albright Lane Bromsberrow but due to flooding & deep water we can’t get to them so @glosfire are attending with a boat or dinghy – there are still vehicles trying to get through #stayathome.”

The force, who has been using high volume pumps to tackle rising water levels, then said it was dealing with different weather-related incidents, including multiple reports of debris being spread across the M5 by high winds.

While its staff were also visiting affected residents in Tirley and using sandbags where needed.

While a children’s playground was partially submerged in Tewkesbury and vehicles were seen driving through rising floodwaters in Lower Applerlay.

A local resident shared a picture of her flooded back garden.

She told GloucestershireLive: ” This is my back garden this morning, we are on a hill beside the graveyard which is about 100 feet higher than Tewkesbury.

“Even the chicken shed is flooded.”

It comes as the Met Office issued 82 flood warnings for large parts of England on Saturday, meaning flooding is expected and that immediate action is needed to minimise the risks to public safety.

London was also hit by flooding as pictures emerged of horse riders trotting through a few inches of rain this morning.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said: “We’ve got this band of rain sleet and snow that’s moving across much of England and Wales through today, that is a real messy mix.”

Mr Partridge predicted a “much heavier” band of rain to arrive overnight on Monday into Tuesday which will “quickly turn to snow as it bumps up against cold air” and has triggered further yellow weather warnings for snow and ice.

According to the Met Office’s website, there will be more outbreaks of rain, sleet and rain across central and southern England and Wales this evening. But most places are then expected to be clear and dry.

Sunday will see more rain for south-western areas but it will be largely dry elsewhere.