London Weather: Yellow rain warning in place as parts of capital lashed by heavy rain overnight
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Heavy rain has lashed parts of London overnight, as the Met Office’s yellow weather warning remains in effect until this afternoon. Those areas of London affected by the warning include Croydon, Redhill, Orpington and Westerham, with much of the South-East of England included in the Met Office’s yellow warning.
As traffic in London had to contend with flash flooding overnight, the Met Office has warned South London residents of persistent, sometimes heavy rain which may cause some impacts on the roads. It also advises drivers in the area that there may be spray and flooding on roads probably making journey times longer, with bus and train services probably affected with journey times taking longer and the flooding of a few homes and businesses possible.
The Met Office’s official explanation for the yellow weather warning said: “Heavy rain will affect southeastern parts of England during Thursday morning, clearing eastwards early afternoon. 20-30 mm of rain is expected fairly widely, with 40 mm in a few places near the English Channel coasts. The ground is fairly wet, and recent fallen leaves may reduce drainage of surface water in some locations.”
Greater London appears in the list of areas affected by this warning, alongside Essex, Southend-on-Sea, Thurrock, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Medway, Portsmouth, Southampton, Surrey and West Sussex.
The erratic weather conditions in London follow on from the heatwaves that affected the city during the summer, which led to red weather warnings that indicated a risk to life during the scorching heat.
What’s the weather going to look like over the weekend?
That all important question as London gets ready for Bonfire Night this weekend is “how will the weather hold out across Saturday and Sunday?” Looking at the Met Office’s forecast for London over the weekend, it’s forecasting that Friday may have some lingering heavy showers at first near the Kent coast but these will clear shortly.
Any early fog patches slowly clear with dry with sunny spells through Friday. For Saturday in London, It will be a cold start and become cloudy and breezy with rain moving eastwards later in the day.
Sunday will see rain and blustery heavy, thundery showers, moving into a cloudy and windy Monday with outbreaks of rain.