Parts of Britain face a month’s worth of rainfall today as people took to Twitter to complain of their #MondayBlues, with much of the country enduring a soggy start to the week.
Storms bringing torrential rain and gusts of up to 60mph are set to batter areas the UK throughout the day – and heavy rain could even turn to snow in higher parts of England, where temperatures will plummet to 0C (32F).
The Met Office has issued a weather warning in the South East for the whole day, saying the torrid conditions could cause flooding, power cuts, damage to trees, delays to trains and buses and shut roads and bridges.
Morning commuters and tourists struggle to cope with the heavy rain at a bus stop on Westminster Bridge this morning
A man’s umbrella is turned inside out, while a woman battles through with a Union Jack brolly on Westminster Bridge
A KLM flight from Amsterdam struggles to land in strong crosswinds this morning at Leeds Bradford Airport
Pedestrians make their way over Westminster Bridge in London, taking cover under umbrellas this morning
A woman struggles to hold onto her umbrellas as she walks over Westminster Bridge in the heavy rain this morning
A Flybe flight from Southampton lands amid strong crosswinds this morning at England’s highest airport, Leeds Bradford
The North Downs between Kent and Surrey could see between 60mm (2.4in) and 80mm (3.1in) of rain, compared to the entire April monthly average for the area of 50mm (2in).
As well as rain, Eastern regions will be hit by unusually strong gusts of between 40mph and 50mph, peaking at 60mph on the coast. The Monday misery is being caused by a storm system moving north over France.
Network Rail warned that severe weather could result in train services running across the Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express networks being cancelled, delayed or revised.
Horsham to London Victoria via Dorking services are expected to be affected due to a 5mph speed restriction through the Holmwood area of Surrey which suffered a landslip two weeks ago.
Social media users took to Twitter to complain about their #MondayBlues amid the wet and windy conditions in Britain today
A Met Office severe weather warning is in place this morning for rain and wind across the South East of England
The rain is still expected to be affecting England this afternoon, with the weather warning in place for the entire day
The position of the jet stream today (left) is bringing wintry conditions to Britain, although its position will move up later in the week (right) as more settled and warmer weather arrives ahead of the bank holiday weekend
Network Rail said it has been ‘proactively working through the night and will continue working throughout the day to ensure pumps and drainage are in place and in full working condition’.
Southern and Thameslink, together with Great Northern, run more than 3,200 services across the South East every day. Meanwhile on the roads, there were severe delays on the M6 southbound in Cheshire after an accident.
P&O said sailings between Dover and Calais were being delayed by up to 90 minutes this morning due to the bad weather. Eurotunnel also reported delays of two hours due to ‘essential maintenance work’ in the tunnel.
Environment Agency flood duty manager Clare Dinnis said: ‘Widespread heavy rain could lead to flooding from surface water and rivers in parts of south, south-east and central England.
Morning commuters and tourists struggle to cope with the wind and rain on Westminster Bridge this morning
A woman holds her coat to her face as she walks along Westminster Bridge in the wet and windy conditions this morning
Commuters and tourists smile as they make their way through the wet weather on Westminster Bridge today
A man holds his breakfast and an umbrella as he walks over Westminster Bridge, while others saw their brollies turn inside out
A woman holds her umbrella close to her face as commuters face the heavy rain this morning on Westminster Bridge
‘Strong winds will also lead to large waves and spray in exposed coastal areas and we encourage people to take care in these locations. We expect some travel disruption during Monday morning’s rush-hour
‘We advise people to listen to their local radio stations and remember not to drive through flood water as just 30cm (1ft) of fast flowing water is enough to move your car.’
Temperatures will climb through the week, with highs of 14C tomorrow and on Wednesday – with the prospect of a sunny Bank Holiday weekend.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: ‘It will be a wet start to the week, leading to a very difficult morning commute in the South East. We could see localised flooding across this area, with a chance of wet sleet and snow over the high ground as well.
Early risers where treated to a dramatic sky on the Northumberland coast this morning over Bamburgh Castle
The power of the sea captured by photographer Sean Hepburn yesterday as huge waves hit Chesil beach in Dorset
A wall of water crashes into Chesil beach amid awful conditions in Dorset yesterday, with the heatwave now long gone
Good Morning Britain reporter Nick Dixon had a torrid time delivering a wet weather report on the ITV programme today
It’s a PINK Moon – named after tiny flowers that appear at this time of year (but no, the moon won’t appear to change colour)
These stunning photographs show how the first full moon of northern spring lit up Britain’s skies last night.
The phenomenon, known as the ‘Pink Moon’, earns its name from the flowering of the brightly-coloured herb ‘moss pink,’ which typically coincides with its arrival.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the April full moon lines up with the blooming of one of spring’s earliest-flowering plants – wild ground phlox, or ‘moss pink’.
The pink moon, which is also known as the grass moon and the egg moon, was given its moniker by Native Americans, who provided a name for each full moon to help them keep track of time.
Native Americans have a name for the full moon of every month in the calendar, including Wolf Moon for January, Snow Moon for February and Worm Moon for March – then Flower Moon in May.
Strawberry Moon is for June, Buck Moon is for July and Sturgeon Moon is for August. In September, there is a Harvest Moon, Hunter’s Moon is in October, Beaver Moon is in November and Cold Moon is in December.
A couple watch the pink moon rise beside Hartshead Pike in Tameside, Greater Manchester, yesterday evening Images)
The tower at Hartshead Pike was rebuilt in 1863 to commemorate the marriage of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark
The full moon rises behind the bronze sculpture of an Arctic Tern on the seafront at North Berwick in East Lothian yesterday
The full moon, known as a pink moon in the month of April, is pictured rising on the coast of East Lothian last night
‘But for the rest of England and Wales, it’s a completely different story, with dry and bright conditions in the West Country and West Wales. Tomorrow we’re looking at a bright day with scattered showers.
‘The rest of the week should be sunny with highs of 18C (64F) on Friday. There is a good chance of pleasant sunny spells across the Bank Holiday weekend.
‘Although it won’t feel like the heatwave we had earlier in the month, temperatures should stay in the high teens, meaning it will be a very pleasant weekend for most.’
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