Heavy rains that have hit Britain throughout this week are expected to give way to milder, drier weather on Wednesday.
It comes after torrential rains hit much of northern England on Tuesday afternoon, while the south experienced flash floods the night before. However, all of the persistent showers – forecast for Tuesday evening in eastern England – are expected to ease in dry weather, including some sunshine, by Wednesday.
But it is predicted that while most of the UK will avoid a repeat of the heavy rains that affected transport on Monday and Tuesday, Scotland and Northern Ireland could still be hit by storms ahead of the weekend.
Large parts of north-east England were hit by storms on Tuesday, with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Services claiming to have received a “high number” of 999 flood calls.
Tyne and Wear Underground advised commuters to “postpone trips” until Tuesday due to flooding on its network, while Durham County Council said it had received a number of calls from emergency for flooded properties.
On Tuesday evening, the Met Office warned that gales were possible along the North Sea coast. “Elsewhere it will become largely dry with the development of clear periods,” they added.
In London, several tube lines experienced delays throughout Tuesday due to the nightly deluge of rain in the capital, where around 26mm of rain was recorded in just one hour.
The Environment Agency issued 41 flood alerts for areas where flooding was possible, and three flood warnings across England. Parts of London, Birmingham and Cumbria have been covered by the warnings.
The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency issued four flood alerts and Natural Resources Wales had one in place along the country’s north coast.