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UK weather: Tower Bridge flooded in London as heavy rainfall causes travel disruption across England

The i 14/09/2021 Connie Dimsdale

Heavy rain in London has caused flooding across Tower Bridge, with footage on social media footage showing buses and cars struggling to get across the tourist landmark.

Further travel disruption caused by the weather in the capital saw traffic jams on the North Circular, the Euston Road, and the Blackwall Tunnel, while a section of the District Line on the London Underground was temporarily closed.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of heavy rainfall with a risk of travel delays and flooding for London, the South East of England, across the East Midlands, East Anglia, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. It is in place until 9pm on Tuesday evening.

East Anglia has seen the highest rainfall so far, with up to 48.6mm rainfall in Cambridge – the wettest place yet – according to Met Office meteorologist Tom Morgan.

He said: “There’s been some localised flooding in London and I should imagine that there’s been some localised flooding on the roads across other parts of eastern England.

“Generally, it’s been Cambridge, Essex, Hertfordshire and parts of Norfolk that have seen the highest totals today.”

Some areas, including Cambridge, have seen a whole month’s worth of rainfall in half a day.

“Those kind of rainfall totals are quite unusual, particularly with it falling in just five or six hours,” he said.

The village of Elmdon in Essex had 36mm of rainfall, Weston in Hertfordshire had 37mm, and Ely in North Cambridgeshire has had 38mm.  

But the rain is not expected to last: “It is an improving picture across the whole of the UK as we go through the next few days,” said Mr Morgan. “It’s a bit warmer tomorrow [with] temperatures into the low 20s for some of us, and there’ll be mostly dry conditions with some sunshine at times.”

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However, there will be fog and poor visibility on Wednesday and Thursday morning, Mr Morgan warned.  

Tuesday temperatures of around 18C (64.4F) in London and 15C (59F) in Edinburgh will climb to around 21C (69.8F) and 18C (64.4F) respectively on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, temperatures in Cardiff and Belfast are predicted to remain constant at around 18C (64.4F) throughout the working week.

Much of the UK basked in sweltering sunshine at the start of the month, including Wales which experienced its warmest September night on record, while temperatures in Scotland reached the highest since 1906.

The long-range forecast for September is uncertain, but forecasters expect temperatures across the UK to be slightly higher than average for the time of year.

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